I tested 39 foundations with amazing reviews and found the best 17 you can buy

Collage of the best medium coverage foundations, including Maybelline Fit Me, Milk Flex Foundation Stick, ILIA Super Serum, and BareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer 4x3
  • If you haven’t worn foundation since 2020, let us help you find today’s best pick.
  • From drugstore to designer brands, there are formulas in multiple finishes, formats, and packaging.
  • After testing 39 of the top-rated foundations, I’ve rounded up my favorite 17 below.

With hundreds of options and ever-evolving shade names, finding the right foundation for your skin tone and skin type is like finding a needle in a haystack. Sometimes you find the perfect formula, but it doesn’t match your skin tone. Other times, it seems like a perfect match tone-wise, but the formula dries out your skin or makes you break out.

I’m very aware of the struggle to find the perfect shade, so I put my face through the ringer for this guide and tested – as well as researched – 39 foundations. Through trial and error, I landed on the best 17 you can buy today. In addition to formula quality, I also considered shade inclusivity, return policy, online shade match tool availability, and SPF level.

If you’re in process of finding the perfect shade of your own, first consider coverage and buildability, as well as any skincare concerns you have. If you’ve got oily skin, you might want to try something with a matte or powder finish. If your skin is dry, look into hydrating liquid formulas and avoid the mattes. Prices range from under $10 to over $60, so think about your budget as well.

Here are the best foundations in 2021:

The best light-coverage foundations

Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

Bottle of Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint

This is the perfect foundation option for someone who’s just getting into makeup or wants something that feels like it’s barely there. I loved how naturally dewy it made my skin look while feeling hydrating, perfecting my tone, and not coming off (despite being so lightweight). Some customers over 55 years old loved it too, noting that it’s one of the few that works on their skin and all its wrinkles.

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Skin by Mented

Image of Skin by Mented foundation

Mented was created by Black women to be a makeup haven for women of color. They offer 16 stick foundation shades in luxurious casing. The formula leaves your face with a flawless glow. Skin by Mented is lightweight, but it’s also easily buildable to suit coverage needs.

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NYX Total Control Pro Drop Foundation

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This foundation really flexes a buildability muscle. In fact, the product is part of a bigger line of NYX Pro Drops, which include hue shifters and illuminators to help fine tune your foundation.This lightweight formula gave me a natural finish and hid some blemishes quite well. If you’re in the market for something between $10 and $20, this is your pick.

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Kosas Tinted Face Oil Foundation

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While this list is abundant with oil-free foundations, Kosas Tinted Face Oil is deliberately oil-based. This clean beauty foundation is made with moisturizing avocado oil, raspberry oil for reparative antioxidant benefits, and rosehip seed oil for brightening. Kosas’s super-liquidy face oil gives a glowy, sheer to light coverage. It’s best as a lightweight foundation but is also designed to be buildable to medium coverage. If you have dry skin or patches, be warned: Some customers find the foundation clings and unflatteringly highlights their dry patch.

Tinted Face Oil (small, Preferred: Kosas)
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

Image of ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation with circle of foundation behind it

Made to apply with your hands like a serum, the ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint offers a lot of benefits in one bottle. Although it may be intimidating at first — before drying it’s thick, sticky, and shiny and made me look like a glazed donut — the foundation has a dewy finish and stays away from caking and clinging to dry patches. This is one of the few on the list with sun protection, clocking in at a satisfying SPF 40. The clean beauty brand also infuses this formula with niacinamide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid which help hydrate and plump your skin.

Super Serum Skin Tint (small, Preferred: Sephora)
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Bottle of BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

This SPF 30 tinted hydrating gel cream from BareMinerals has a whipped cream texture and leaves a flawless, dewy finish. On top of that, the formula is made with hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture to your skin.Though blending with your finger is recommended, I found that using a brush made it a lot easier. This product has established itself as a classic, but there’s still a dire need for more shades when it comes to deep skin tones.

Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (small, Preferred: Sephora)
The best medium-coverage foundations

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Bottle of Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Some customers say this is a game-changing foundation they have been using for years. Too Faced’s formula is oil-free and includes coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid which helps retain moisture. For me, it even felt moisturizing when I put it on. Whether you’re concerned about dry or oily skin, this is a great option to keep your skin glowing. 

Born This Way Foundation (small)
Chanel Ultra La Teint Foundation

Bottle of Chanel Ultra La Teint Foundation

Chanel offers 12 different foundations, and of the customer favorites, Ultra Le Teint Ultrawear All-Day Comfort Flawless Finish Foundation is a standout. Packaged in a luxurious frosted glass bottle, the foundation is formulated to perfect your skin and last all day. Its skin-perfecting, soft matte finish makes the Chanel Ultra Le Teint foundation ideal for long days, long nights, special occasions, and taking lots of photos.

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FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Bottle of FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Rihanna changed the game when she launched Fenty Beauty, which has established itself as an inclusive brand with high-quality, sustainable formulas. The Pro Filt’r Foundation is an easy-to-blend, long-lasting foundation that gives full coverage and a soft matte finish. Because mattifying products can be drying, the brand recommends moisturizing before applying the foundation, especially if you have dry skin. Or, you can check out the hydrating foundation or lightweight skin tint.

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MILK Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

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MILK’s stick foundation is not only easily-blendable with a natural finish and medium coverage. It also benefits your skin via moisturizing blue lotus, soothing chamomile, and marshmallow root extract, which contributes to elasticity. The proof in the pudding is, at least in my experience, this formula didn’t get creasey or cakey. Sounds like the marshmallow root extract gets to work. If you love MILK but want something matte, check out the Blur Liquid Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 image

Bobbi Brown’s foundation left me with a flawless, natural finish. The foundation is oil-free and water-based with a water-like consistency, which makes it quite easy to blend and a great base for additional products. Bobbi Brown’s foundation seems perfect for longer wear. It has glycerin for hydration, a minimal level of SPF for some sun protection, and it’s lightweight for a long lasting natural look.

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The best full-coverage foundations

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation hid my acne, blackheads, and blemishes while giving me a truly airbrushed look. I’m a fan of this formula’s smooth application and matte finish, although I noticed a tiny bit of caking. Still, this product is a strong, long-lasting foundation to a full face of makeup.

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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation

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The #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Foundation from Huda Beauty was already a favorite of many, but now it’s fragrance-free. I personally appreciated how the matte, full coverage finish gave my skin a flawless but natural glow. Plus, it felt particularly easy to apply and blend into my skin.

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Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

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This semi-thick formula by Laura Mercier glides on, blends with a bit of effort, and leaves a matte finish. While the shade range could be a lot more inclusive of darker tones, current customers appreciate that the Flawless Fusion foundation is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic. I appreciated how this product held up on my face for a full day of wear. If you’re looking for something a bit less heavy, Laura Mercier offers a beauty-awarded, more lightweight foundation too.

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is currently one of the best stick foundation options. The stick is sheathed in a triangular stick, which makes it easier to hold and dot onto your face. It buffs into your skin for full coverage, a satin finish, and minimization of your pores and smile lines. Plus, with this foundation’s concentrated formula, a little goes a long way.

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A running list of 25+ stores that offer free returns to take the hassle out of shopping online

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You don’t need to be an online shopping veteran to know that it’s a tricky affair – the whole process occurs without you ever seeing or trying the product. To make buying a little easier, many retailers offer helpful policies, like free online returns. Especially with holidays like Labor Day Weekend around the corner, it’s good to know which stores you can easily make returns to.

We’ve rounded up a list of retailers offering free online returns, below.

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Get free online returns on orders at these companies:

Style & clothing

  • ALDO: Aldo will refund unworn, unwashed, not final sale items returned within 60 days of your purchase.
  • Allbirds: The buzzy shoe brand allows returns for 30 days with no questions asked, even if you’ve already worn the shoes around. You can return or exchange any shoes for free that aren’t to your liking.
  • Bonobos: Bonobos includes a pre-paid return label with every order for hassle-free returns. If you make your return within 45 days of your purchase, you qualify for a refund using your original payment method. If you return within 90 days of your purchase date, you qualify for store credit instead.
  • Bloomingdale’s: You can return an order for free for up to 90 days with a receipt. If you do not have a receipt, you have up to 180 days to receive a merchandise credit of the lowest price for the item.
  • Everlane: All purchases from the popular clothing brand Everlane can be returned for free for up to 30 days after your ship date. That even includes Choose What You Pay purchases. Plus, you can also return anything you bought at a brick-and-mortar store via mail.
  • Macy’s: Macy’s offers free and easy returns on most items by mail. Just print a pre-addressed shipping label and send your items back. They’ve also extended their return window from 30 to 90 days.
  • Neiman Marcus: Almost all merchandise can be returned to Neiman Marcus free of charge if received within 15 days of the delivery date. However, you may want to double-check their return policy as a few items aren’t eligible for free returns, including anything bought on clearance.
  • Nordstrom: The department store offers free returns in the US via a postage-paid return label. Your return is generally processed within 10-14 days. Plus, if you don’t have a printer, bring the digital return code to select USPS stores for free printing.
  • Patagonia: Outdoor clothing retailer Patagonia offers free returns on all items, though they’re currently delayed due to staffing and safety requirements. Even better, they also usually offer free repairs on all Patagonia items, though this program has temporarily been suspended due to the novel coronavirus. They do, however, have free DIY repair guides online.
  • REI: If you’re not satisfied with any purchase from REI, you can return it for up to a full year for free. Return shipping labels come with all invoices. The only exception is outdoor electronics, which can be returned for free within 90 days.
  • Shopbop: Shopbop is known for designer women’s fashion apparel, which means items often come with a high price tag. Items returned within 15 days after receipt are refunded with no extra cost – though they’ll accept returns up to 30 days after with a $10 fee tacked on.
  • Sunglass Hut: The Sunglass Hat carries brands from Ray-Ban to Gucci. Shop with confidence knowing you can return items for free for up to 30 days with a printed shipping label.
  • Urban Outfitters: Returning items to Urban Outfitters is easy. Just start a return online and print a free pre-paid shipping label. Returns made within 30 days of your delivery date qualify for a refund using your payment method; if it takes place after, you may qualify for store credit instead.
  • Zappos: Zappos has long been heralded as a gold standard for customers when it comes to returns. Return shipping is always free and you have 365 days to do so for all purchases – no exceptions.
  • Zara: Don’t love an outfit you bought from Zara? The clothing retailer offers a 30-day window to return clothing with free shipping.

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Home, kitchen, and pet supplies

  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Bed Bath & Beyond offers free return shipping on most items. You have a 90-day window after purchase to exchange or return.
  • Chewy: Pet owners will be pleased to learn that returns to Chewy are easy. If you’re not completely satisfied with your items, you can return them free of charge within one year. Just send a message with your order number to receive a shipping label.
  • Home Depot: While there are a few exceptions for bigger items, many orders are eligible for free online returns. Once you start a return you’ll receive a free UPS shipping label via email to print and attach to your package.
  • Target: Shoppers at Target have 90 days to return or exchange items for free. RedCard holders get 120 days.
  • Walmart: Walmart makes it simple to return items for free. Just log into your account, initiate a return or replacement, and print a free return label. Refunds or replacement items are issued as soon as the store receives the item. You have 90 days after purchase to make a return in most cases.
  • Williams Sonoma: Foodies and home chefs will like that Williams Sonoma allows for free returns by mail within 30 days for any items under 70 pounds. You can use the form attached to your invoice or quickly print a label online.

Read all Insider’s kitchen product reviews and home product reviews.

Tech

  • Apple: Apple gives its shoppers 14 days to return most items after receiving them.
  • Amazon: Most items bought on Amazon can be returned, free of charge, within 30 days of delivery. Plus, Amazon offers multiple ways to return products without boxes or labels.
  • Best Buy: Most items are eligible for refunds if you return them within 15 days of receipt. It’s important to note, however, that some items (like cell phones and DSLR cameras) will incur a restocking fee.
  • Dell: It can be nerve-wracking to buy pricey electronics sight unseen, but you can shop easy at Dell. Ship any items back for free within 30 days of your invoice date for a full refund.

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Beauty

  • Sephora: Makeup and skincare junkies will love that Sephora.com purchases can easily be returned completely free of charge using a pre-paid shipping label. You have 60 days after purchase to do so.

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The 5 best whitening toothpastes of 2021, according to dentists

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  • Whitening toothpaste helps remove surface stains from teeth.
  • We spoke to 4 dentists on what to look for in a whitening toothpaste that won’t hurt your teeth or gums.
  • Our top choice, Colgate Total SF, is effective, ADA-approved, and budget-friendly.

Whether you’re a coffee addict, ex-smoker, or just want to polish your smile a little brighter, virtually everyone wants whiter teeth. There are all kinds of intensive options available, from whitening strips to in-office dental treatments. But for most of us, the easiest way is to switch up our toothpaste and ask it to do more than just fight plaque and cavities.

Whitening toothpaste generally works by using enamel-safe abrasives to physically remove surface stains. Many also contain other active ingredients, like peroxide, to dissolve stains and bleach teeth. Some even contain a chemical called blue covarine, which makes teeth appear whiter instantly by canceling out yellow tones – sort of an optical illusion.

But since not every ingredient is equal and some teeth whitening products notoriously cause tooth sensitivity, we spoke to four board-certified dentists to learn which whitening toothpaste really works. They shared the top brands they recommend to patients, as well as some tips for what to look for when shopping. We also personally tested several toothpastes to get a feel for texture, taste, and anything else a consumer might want to know.

Here are the best whitening toothpaste options:

How I tested

A pink toothbrush over a bathroom sink with toothpaste on it

In researching this piece, I consulted four dental professionals (see expert sources, below)  as well as several published, peer-reviewed articles testing the efficacy and safety of various whitening toothpaste and active ingredients. 

I also personally tried several kinds of toothpaste to take note of:

Taste: Toothpaste is toothpaste, not candy, so we don’t want to oversell the flavor of any of the products as “delicious” — but some pastes have strange, chemical, or overly-powerful flavors and aftertastes. Most of the pastes I tried had a simple, fresh taste that contributes to the overall clean feeling you want after brushing, but a few tasted mildly metallic or just plain unusual due to non-traditional flavoring ingredients.

Texture:  Generally, toothpaste is either a gel or a paste and is pretty thick. I paid mind to see if any felt chalky, runny, or gritty, as well as how well they lather and spread around the mouth. Items that didn’t make the cut usually felt weird in one of these ways.

Packaging/ease of use: It’s not terribly common, but some toothpaste tubes are somewhat difficult to use because of poorly designed packaging. For example, one of the kinds of toothpaste I don’t recommend, the Plus Ultra, is in a metal tube similar to what artists’ paint comes in and was kind of a pain to squeeze. Conversely, all our picks have easy-to-open or -close caps.

The best whitening toothpaste overall

A box of Colgate Total SF Whitening Toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel is a top pick among our dentists as it’s a budget-friendly and effective way to whiten and protect the overall health of your teeth.

Pros: Inexpensive, American Dental Association (ADA) approved, provides sensitivity relief

Cons: Taste is questionable to some

Two of our expert sources, Ben El Chami, DMD, a NYC-based dentist and co-founder/chief dental officer of dntlbar and Chris Salierno, DDS, dental practitioner and chief dental officer of Tend, independently named Colgate Total Whitening as a top option they’d recommend to patients looking for a daily whitening boost. It also bears the ADA seal of acceptance, meaning the professional organization support that its efficacy and safety claims are sufficiently backed up by clinical research

It’s a clear winner in the eyes of the pros because, in addition to whitening power, it has antibacterial properties that help defend against gum disease and tooth decay. These effects come from the active ingredient, stannous fluoride, which also helps offset the increased sensitivity some people experience when using whitening toothpastes. 

The minty taste is subtle and not-too-strong without any unpleasant aftertaste. And compared to other toothpaste packaging, we love that Colgate Total has a flat flip-cap for easier access and the option to stand the tube up straight on your sink.

The best natural whitening toothpaste

Tom's of Main Simply White Toothpaste on a white background

From trustworthy natural personal-care-products brand, Tom’s of Maine Simply White Clean Mint Toothpaste delivers on its whitening promises without any harsh chemicals.

Pros: ADA-approved, no artificial flavorings or colorings, brand prioritizes sustainability and ethics

Cons: Some users dislike the taste, some complain that it’s less effective than traditional toothpastes in keeping breath fresh, price

Tom’s of Maine Simply White is one of very few toothpaste brands in the “natural” sector to earn ADA approval with proven whitening effects. If you prefer to steer clear of traditional toothpastes because of their ingredients, production process, or simply personal preference, Tom’s Simply White is the best bet for whiter teeth, vouched for by dentists and customers. 

Like most whitening toothpastes, Tom’s Simply White uses abrasives — in this case naturally-derived silicas — to scrub off surface stains. It’s flavored with peppermint oil which delivers a mild, not overpowering fresh flavor. The tube is recyclable, which we love, and it has a smaller cap and opening which, in our experience, makes for less of a mess but also means you can’t store it upright on your bathroom counter.

Tom’s also contains fluoride. There are oft-debated but largely unproven or debunked arguments against the naturally-occurring mineral, but it’s an ingredient the ADA and every dentist we spoke with strongly encourage people to look for in their toothpaste thanks to decades-long body of evidence that make it the gold standard in cavity prevention.

The best whitening toothpaste for sensitive teeth

A box of Crest Pro-Health Gum and Sensitivity Sensitive Toothpaste Gentle Whitening on a white background

Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening is a science-backed plaque remover and a rare combination of sensitivity relief and whitening power.

Pros: ADA-approved, relieves sensitivity

Cons: Some users dislike taste and texture, not enough relief for extremely sensitive users, whitening effects are subtle

There aren’t too many whitening toothpastes on the market that specifically cater to those with sensitive teeth. Crest Pro Health Gum and Sensitivity Gentle Whitening, however, does and it’s the only ADA-approved toothpaste that offers both sensitivity relief and whitening effects. The stain removal is provided by hydrated silica, which acts as a gentle abrasive. This isn’t as extreme as some other products, both in terms of removing stains and causing sensitivity, so it’s a real trade off. But it’s the best-researched option out there for sensitivity sufferers looking for stain removal action.

The minty-sweet taste is mild but pleasant, and users say that, compared to other leading brands of sensitive toothpaste, it both tastes better and relieves sensitivity better. Like the Colgate Total SF Whitening Gel, we like that this tube has a flat flip cap for easy closure and the ability to stand vertical on a countertop to save space.

The best intensive whitening toothpaste

A tube of Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White toothpaste on a white background

Colgate Optic White Advanced Sparkling White is formulated with hydrogen peroxide and abrasives to provide a double-whammy whitening effect.

Pros: ADA-approved, extra-strength whitening ability

Cons: May leave a filmy mouthfeel after using

Colgate Optic White Advanced, like the other products on our list, contains gentle abrasives to scrub stains and polish teeth. But it also uses hydrogen peroxide for its natural lightening properties, giving you a one-two punch of whitening techniques – sort of like washing your white laundry with not just a strong detergent, but bleach too. 

It’s the only bleaching toothpaste (not merely stain-removing) that the ADA has granted approval to, and like all ADA-approved pastes, it includes fluoride for cavity prevention. Despite its powerful whitening ability, Optic White is safe for enamel and many people report less sensitivity and irritation than with other whitening toothpastes.

The toothpaste works by creating a sort of film on the surface of your teeth so that the hydrogen peroxide can continue to work for more than just the two minutes you spend brushing. As a result, some people don’t like the feeling it leaves after you brush.

The best eco-friendly whitening toothpaste

Glass jar full of toothpaste bits

If you’re looking for a whitening toothpaste that doesn’t just feature a clean ingredient list but also ditches the plastic tube, Bite’s toothpaste bits are what you seek.

Pros: Comes in a reusable glass jar, comes in a four-month supply each time you order, is often on sale, features a clean ingredients list, and also helps with teeth sensitivity (in addition to whitening)

Cons: Takes some getting used to compared to traditional toothpaste, doesn’t always adequately foam, doesn’t always produce the same kind of clean mouth feel (even though my mouth was still clean)

The terms “eco-friendly” and “sustainable” are often found in the world of toothpaste via a specific product’s ingredient list. But in the case of the brand, Bite, these terms also refer to the company’s packaging of its toothpaste which consists of a reusable glass jar as opposed to a plastic tube.

When I first tested these out, I was a little skeptical not of the glass jar (that is an objectively great way to store toothpaste) but of the actual toothpaste bits themselves. Like little pellets, the bits are a far cry from the traditional paste most people are used to and actually require you to bite down on them to crush the bit before brushing. 

Not only is this an odd vehicle for toothpaste but it takes quite a while to get used to. The biggest hurdle for me was getting over just how much less foam the bits create in my mouth, which would sometimes leave me feeling as though my mouth wasn’t as clean as it could be after brushing. 

But that small amount of foam is intentional. Bite’s toothpaste bits use sodium cocoyl glutamate which, when mixed with water doused on your toothbrush, produces a small amount of foam that helps clean between your teeth. You won’t see much forming on the outside of your mouth (which is a positive, I guess) but again, it does take a few times to get used to it. 

I also liked that the toothpaste features a list of clean ingredients, like erythritol and xylitol, which further add to its badge of sustainability. The bits come in either a mint, charcoal, or berry flavor, though I’d recommend the mint as it gets the closest to that fresh, post-brush feeling (plus, charcoal toothpaste has its drawbacks). 

Bite’s toothpaste bits are typically sold for $48 for a four-month supply which certainly isn’t cheap, though I’ve often seen it on sale for at least $10 off (if not more). There’s also a trial size available for $12 that comes with 62 bits (roughly one month) which is a good entry point for anyone on the fence. 

What to look for in whitening toothpaste

There are two major categories of whitening ingredients in toothpaste: abrasives and bleaching agents. Most whitening toothpastes rely on gentle, enamel-safe abrasives that work to scrub off stains caused by eating and drinking. Technically, they’re not changing the color of your teeth, just cleaning off any gunk that might make them appear more yellow. This is going to be the vast majority of whitening toothpastes available and is why most people need to use at-home whitening kits to see a truly brighter smile.

Bleaching agents (like peroxide), on the other hand, can actually lift the color in the outermost layers of your enamel. However, they’re less common in toothpastes because they usually need more than two minutes of contact to really work (hence, why whitening strips work – they hold the bleaching agent on your teeth for several minutes). Additionally, bleaching agents can be irritating and cause sensitivity for some. The only bleaching toothpaste that made our top picks, Colgate Optic White, actually creates a film that sits on your teeth, keeping them in contact with the hydrogen peroxide for longer than the few minutes you spend brushing.

According to Drs. El Chami, Hain, and Springs, the number one thing to look for when shopping for new products is the ADA seal of acceptance. Brands can choose to submit their products to the American Dental Association, a non-profit advocating for safe dental practices, for review to obtain its seal which signals that the dental community agrees there is enough research to substantiate that a product is safe and effective. This is especially important when it comes to whitening toothpastes, as they tend to use abrasives like silica (the same stuff that makes up most of sand) to scrub off stains. The ADA review ensures those abrasives aren’t doing more harm to your enamel than good. 

The other thing you need to look for is fluoride, a mineral that strengthens enamel and helps prevent cavities. The naturally occurring mineral has been demonized by phony science, but the ADA, all our experts, and a whole body of research deem it not only safe in your toothpaste, but also necessary for preventing cavities. Learn more in our FAQs.

The only ingredients dentists recommend you avoid are sugars, which improve the flavor of toothpaste but can cause adverse effects including tooth decay. Fortunately, the majority of toothpastes utilize tooth-safe sugar alternatives like xylitol or stevia.

What else we considered

an open box of toothpaste products sitting on a bed

Relatively few products on the market bear the ADA approval seal, which our sources overwhelmingly told us was the best way to know a product’s claims have been substantiated by research and thus the ones we can recommend to you most confidently.

That said, a product without the seal isn’t necessarily ineffectual or bad — it just likely didn’t undergo the organization’s optional review process (which does cost money, so is difficult for smaller companies to obtain). Here are some other, non-ADA-approved products that came up in our research:

What else we recommend:

  • BURST Fluoride ($10): This brand’s fluoridated toothpaste also boasts a lack of sodium lauryl sulfate, along with parabens and artificial flavors and colors, but it tastes and feels perfectly normal. 
  • Smile Direct Club Premium Fluoride Whitening ($5): The brand you probably know from their subway ads also sells a whitening toothpaste, and it happens to be relatively inexpensive compared to other new-wave brands. It also tastes really good, in this writer’s opinion. 
  • Spotlight Oral Care Toothpaste for Whitening Teeth ($10): This dentist-designed product contains fluoride for healthy teeth, as well as hydrogen peroxide for a quick kick of whitening. 
  • Sensodyne Pronamel Mineral Boost with Gentle Whitening Action ($6): While not currently bearing the ADA seal, this new product could be a helpful whitening option for those with sensitive teeth. It purports to help your teeth better absorb minerals such as calcium and phosphate, thus strengthening your enamel. 

What we don’t recommend:

  • PLUS ULTRA Mint Toothpaste ($10): This toothpaste takes “natural” to another level, starting with its unique leafy green appearance. It doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and its plant-derived ingredients are organic — but it also lacks fluoride, so we can’t recommend it. 
  • Huppy Peppermint Toothpaste Tablets ($12): Frequent travelers may appreciate that this paste comes in the form of tablets, complete with a little storage tin. Fluoride is left out, instead including a substance called nano-hydroxyapatite. But these tablets also contain charcoal, the safety of which is still hotly contested among dentists.
  • Luster Premium White Pearl Paste ($7): This paste doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate or parabens, but it does contain fluoride (important) and one other notable ingredient: pearl extracts, which purportedly work as abrasives to buff off surface stains. There’s no published clinical research on pearl as a tooth whitening agent, but telling people you brush your teeth with pearls will make you sound very fancy.

FAQs

Does whitening toothpaste actually work?

Yes — just maybe not as well as you might hope. Dr. Salierno explained to Insider that over-the-counter whitening toothpaste is best at removing surface stains, but for a more dramatic whitening effect, professional methods are your best bet

“The true whitening effect that patients are typically after is the result of the removal of intrinsic stain, or stain that is more deeply embedded in the tooth surface,” Salierno said. “In order to get a great whitening result, patients would do well to have a professional cleaning first, and then use a prescription-strength whitening agent as directed by their dental team.”

Bottom line: Whitening toothpaste is safe and can be effective at removing surface stains — just don’t expect a dramatic transformation from over-the-counter toothpaste alone.


Is charcoal toothpaste safe to whiten teeth?

Glad you asked. Charcoal is a trendy ingredient right now, making its way into food, cosmetics, and yes, toothpaste. The idea is that charcoal is able to absorb impurities and thus whiten teeth, but the clinical evidence isn’t great: Reviews of laboratory studies suggest that charcoal isn’t particularly effective as a whitening agent, despite its mildly abrasive properties.  What’s more, it has the potential to damage your enamel, discolor it permanently, and damage your gums, according to a 2019 study in the British Dental Journal. 

More recent research supports the safety of charcoal toothpaste but dentists and researchers caution consumers that the charcoal actually runs the risk of scratching enamel or getting stuck in the gums and other crevices. Those with fillings should especially steer clear.


Is whitening toothpaste safe for my teeth?

For the most part, yes. While many whitening toothpastes use abrasive agents to scrub away stains, dentists and researchers generally find them safe and non-damaging to the enamel of your teeth. There are a few exceptions — see about charcoal, above — but for most people, whitening toothpastes don’t pose a threat to dental health. Dr. El Chami does caution, however, that those with sensitive teeth may want to avoid whitening toothpastes in favor of something gentler. 

Paul Springs, DMD, a prosthodontist who practices in Queens, New York, elaborated, adding, “Some brands contain grit particles that are too large, which irreversibly wears down tooth enamel. This is often an issue with charcoal or baking soda toothpastes made by unrecognizable brands, so I strongly recommend patients only use toothpastes with the ADA seal of approval to avoid that issue.”

Just because a product doesn’t bear the ADA seal doesn’t mean it’s unsafe, but lesser-known brands may use questionable ingredients (or even questionable forms of ingredients that are generally considered tooth-safe) that are too gritty and can wear down your enamel. The ADA seal is your confirmation that everything in the tube is safe for at-home use.


What’s the big deal about the ADA Seal of Acceptance?

As we mentioned earlier, the ADA seal program is an optional review process in which companies may choose to submit a product to the professional organization for independent review to determine if there is sufficient research backing up the safety and efficacy of the product. 

Because the review process is optional and potentially cost-prohibitive to smaller companies, there are many toothpastes and other dental products on the market that don’t bear the ADA seal. This doesn’t necessarily mean the products aren’t up to snuff — but the dentists we consulted with highly recommend sticking to ADA-approved products to ensure you’re getting a product that actually works and is safe. 

As Dr. Springs put it, “Not having the seal isn’t enough to condemn a product, but there is enough that [damage enamel] that I wouldn’t risk chancing it.”


Is fluoride really safe?

Fluoride has been demonized by oversimplified health information and conspiracy theories for decades for supposedly causing dental staining and even cancer. While this is technically true of the chemical, it would need to be ingested in very large quantities to have these severe negative effects, far more than fluoridated water and toothpaste are likely to provide. 

The dental community is at a consensus that not only is fluoridated toothpaste safe, but it’s also strongly recommended for the purpose of preventing cavities and strengthening enamel throughout your life. In fact, the ADA will not grant its seal of acceptance to any toothpaste which does not include fluoride. This goes for standard as well as whitening toothpastes — ideally, fluoride is going to be included in any toothpaste you use daily.

Expert sources

Dr. Ben El Chami, DMD, is a dentist and the co-founder and chief dental officer of dntlbar, a family of Manhattan dental practices. 

Dr. Chris Salierno, DDS, is a dentist and the chief dental officer of Tend, a family of dental practices with locations in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Courtney Hain, DDS, is a dentist who owns and operates her own practice, Smile San Francisco.

Dr. Paul Springs, DMD, is a prosthodontist who practices with Dr. Mondshine and Associates, a dental practice in Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

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47 truly unique gift ideas available on Amazon, from lightsaber chopsticks to agate stone bookends

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  • Amazon stocks just about any product you can think of, including plenty of fun and unique gifts.
  • From handmade goods to funny finds, we found the best unique gift ideas on Amazon.

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When looking for unique gift ideas with that extra personal feel, Amazon may not be the first place that pops into your head to look. But it turns out you can find great options if you’re willing to dig. Amazon handmade offers artisan products from small businesses around the country and Amazon has even curated gift lists and ideas catered to different hobbies, styles, and more. You can also shop Amazon’s portal to specifically support Black-owned businesses.

We’ve done the tough work for you and scoured Amazon to find truly singular and cool gift ideas.

Here are 47 cool and unique gifts ideas, all available on Amazon.

A calming bonsai growing kit

Bonsai Starter Kit

Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit, $29.99

An ideal gift for those with a nurturing spirit, the Planter’s Choice Bonsai Starter Kit is a great introduction to gardening and is a calming addition to their desk, nightstand, or entryway table. The kit comes with a learning guide, seeds stored in vials for germination, four biodegradable growing pots, one expanding-soil disc, four bamboo plant markers, and one bonsai clipper.

Lightsaber chopsticks for Star Wars fans

Chop Sabers Light Up LightSaber Chopsticks

Chop Sabers Light Up Lightsaber Chopsticks, $9.97

May the force be with them at every meal with these lightsaber chopsticks. A fun addition to any dining table, these LED chopsticks come in various neon colors to suit their mood.

A warmer to keep their coffee hot

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Dimux Coffee Mug Warmer, $26.99

The Dimux coffee mug warmer is a necessary addition to any tea- or coffee-lover’s workstation and keeps beverages at a constant temperature of 131 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also work with their favorite candle to gently release the scent without the need to actually light it.

A wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone for entertaining

BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Bonaok Karaoke Microphone, $30.99

Bring musical fun to their lives with this Bonaok karaoke microphone. A great accessory for any event or just to liven up a dull day, this Bluetooth microphone works as a speaker, plus records and plays music for up to ten hours.

A heated eye mask with music

RENPHO Eye Massager

Renpho Eye Massager, $48.95 

Help them unwind from a long day and mentally turn on their “do not disturb mood” with the Renpho eye massager. The built-in heating pads relieve eye strain and stimulate blood circulation via acupuncture points. It even features a Bluetooth music option so they can put on soothing music to further destress.

An original Tamagotchi

Unique amazon gifts - An original Tamagotchi in a purple box

Original Tamagotchi, $19.97

For those nostalgic for the ’90s, there’s nothing like playing an OG Tamagotchi. They’ll love getting to feed and play with their digital pet.

A snow cone machine

Woman using a shaved ice machine with snow cone cups and colorful straws on the kitchen counter

Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine, $34.95

There’s nothing like cooling off with a delicious snow cone treat. Now it’s easy to make them right at home with this handy and easy-to-use machine. Don’t forget to pair it with shaved ice syrups.

A soothing desk fountain

Unique Amazon gifts - a three-tiered tabletop fountain with candles

Alpine Corporation Tiered Tabletop Fountain with Candles, $29.95

Give the gift of zen with this soothing 11-inch tall tabletop fountain. Water trickles from each tier to mimic the sounds of a small waterfall and they can light the candles for an extra calming touch.

A Lego-style coffee mug

unique amazon gifts - a black Lego coffee mug with attachable Lego brick pieces

BOMENNE Build-on Brick Mug, $11.95

Brighten the start of any day with this fun coffee mug. It’s compatible with LEGO and most building bricks so they customize it and it’s available in six color options.

Beautiful bookends that double as decor

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JIC Gem Agate Bookends, $28.99

These gorgeous geode bookends add a magical touch to home decor and come in a range of colors from teal to amethyst. You can also choose from various weights and they come with rubber bumpers to ensure bookcases and shelves don’t get scratched.

A drool-worthy cozy blanket

Under $25 CASOFU Burritos Blanket

Casofu Burritos Throw Blanket, $12.99

This whimsical tortilla blanket is both funny and functional. Many from a cozy flannel fabric, it comes in four sizes from 47 to 80 inches. And just in case they have a food obsession beyond burritos, you can also opt for pizza, waffle, or pie blanket options.

A fanny pack for hands-free organization on the go

Under $25 EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Pack Fanny Pack

EGOGO Travel Sport Waist Fanny Pack, $17.99

For hikers and day-trippers, this handy fanny pack has plenty of zippered pockets to keep essentials like their phone, keys, and credit cards organized while on the go. Made from a durable and water-resistant nylon, it even features a spot to keep their water bottle and the waist strap tightens to ensure a good fit.

A rainbow-hued vase

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Magicpro Crystal Flower Vase, $32.99

With its eye-catching design and rainbow hues, this crystal vase makes for an elegant centerpiece or mantle addition with or without flowers.

A fun inflatable lounger

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Wekapo Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa, $39.98

From a backyard hangout to a beach picnic, this inflatable lounger will come in handy as a comfy seating option. No pump is required, it comes in a handy carrying case, and it’s available in 16 different colors and patterns.

Decorative tealights to add some greenery

Unique Amazon gifts tea light candles

SanSeng Succulent Tealight Candles, $9.99

If even simple succulents seem like too much work to care of, these cute candle tealights are handmade in the shape of cacti and succulents are a fun touch of green decor for any space.

A cool planet lamp

Unique Amazon gifts Planet Lamp

UooEA Saturn Lamp, $23.99

You may be seeing trendy moon lamps popping up, but you can make your gift even more unique by opting for this Saturn lamp. The dimmable LED lamp has seven different settings and you can even set it to change colors to a bright hue. Easy to move from room to room, it lasts for up to eight hours after each charge.

A trio of flavorful honey

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Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Honey Sampler Gift Set, $49.99

If they can’t bear the thought of a meal without something sweet, upgrade their condiments with this set of funky flavored honey from Bushwick Kitchen. 

A cute reusable bag

Amazon gifts under $50 Baggu

Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, from $12

Whether it’s used to carry their groceries or random knickknacks, everyone needs a good reusable bag. We love the original Baggu. It can hold up to 50 pounds of stuff, but can also be folded down to fit in your pocket. It also comes in tons of fun colors and patterns.

A calendar for the dog lover

Amazon gifts under $50 We Rate Dogs

WeRateDogs 2021 Calendar, $13.78

If you ask us, there is truly nothing better than 365 days of dogs. The calendar comes from the same brains behind WeRateDogs’ popular Twitter account, and don’t worry, every dog receives a rating of at least 11/10.

A starry sky light projecto

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IYUT 3-in-1 LED Ceiling Galaxy Light Projector, $28.04

This fun light projector brings the night sky inside and features 10 lighting colors, three brightness levels, and three speed settings. It also includes built-in speakers and works with smartphones via Bluetooth or USB to play music as the lights twinkle around you. 

A keychain for hot sauce lovers

Unique Amazon gifts Tabasco

Tabasco Hot Sauce Keychain, $11.88

They’ll never have to endure a flavorless meal again. This mini bottle of Tabasco sauce comes with a keychain for spice that goes wherever they do. 

An easy attachment to make homemade pasta

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KitchenAid Gourmet Pasta Press Attachment, $179.99

If your giftee already has a Kitchenaid stand mixer, get them this attachment that lets them easily make their own fresh noodles. Six different interchangeable discs mean they can switch between noodle types, including spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, fusilli, and large or small macaroni.

A solar power bank for on-the-go charging

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Solar Power Bank, $29.99

For outdoor and camping enthusiasts, this 10,000mAh wireless power bank works as a standard charger, but can also run via solar power as a backup option when outlets aren’t available. Its compact size makes it easy to pack and it also comes with dual flashlights and a compass kit.

A retro rice cooker

dash, $35

Dash Mini Rice Cooker, $24.99

This little gadget not only cooks rice but can make stew, oatmeal, soup, pasta, veggies and more. The style and colorful enamel coating add a retro look to their kitchen.

A bracelet with a hidden message

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IEFWELL Morse Code Bracelets, $12.99

These beaded sterling silver bracelets aren’t just stylish — they also spell out fun messages in Morse code. Choose classic options like “BFF” or “I Love You” or fun phrases like “Tribe” or “She Did.”

A cute and practical phone holder

Unique Amazon gifts phone holder

Dinosaur Silicone Phone Holder, $9.99

This endearing little dino isn’t just a piece of decor, it can actually can hold their phone. It comes in over ten colors, so you can find one in their favorite color.

A hydrating face cream that the French swear by

embryolisse, $25

Embryolisse Lait Cream Fluide, $35

French pharmacies are known for their readily-available, high-quality skincare products. Gifting your buddy a ticket to Paris may be out of the budget, but you can still snag them some of these cult-favorite products, like this seriously hydrating face cream.

A little fan to deal with their unpredictable office temperatures

Unique Amazon gifts fan

Fred & Friends Little Big USB Fan, $19.99

Office dwellers know how unpredictable temperatures can get. To save them when their office (or home office) transitions from an icebox to a desert, gift them this little portable fan. It’s small, mobile, and plugs into any USB for a quick, cold breeze. 

A bunny-shaped speaker with good sound

Unique Amazon gifts Bunny Speaker

AEO Bunny Bluetooth Speaker, from $19.99

This compact Bluetooth speaker may not be the best around, but it’s surely the cutest. Shaped like a little bunny with floppy ears, you get your music and a fun piece of decor too. 

A punny apron that reminds them of their favorite show

got apron, $38

GOT “Dinner is Coming” Apron, $25

If you’re looking for the right gift for that special person who loves “Game of Thrones,” is always cooking, and has a great sense of humor — we think we’ve found it. 

A bright and colorful hamper

hamper, $71

Pehr Designs Pom Pom Hamper, $31.73

No one wants to see a giant pile of dirty laundry on the floor. Help them conceal their mess with this hamper, which is actually nice to look at and adds a pop of color to their room. 

Relaxing bath salts

Unique gifts Amazon Herbivore

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Bath Soak, $22

Everyone deserves some relaxation, which is why this calming bath soak makes such a great gift. Inside there’s dehydrated coconut milk, vanilla, and Himalayan coconut CO2 extract, which together help soothe the skin and calm the mind.

A candle that smells just like home

homesick, $30

Homesick Scented Candle, $29.79

One of our editors asserted that “candles are the most classic gift of all time.” We have to agree, and while there are many to choose from, we love the sentimentality and customization Homesick candles offers. They have candles made to smell like each of the 50 states, many cities, and even experiences like watching Friday night football or taking a road trip. No matter where they call home, one of these candles is sure to bring them a rush of nostalgia.  

An insulated pint glass that keeps your brew cool

Unique Amazon gifts BruMate

BruMate HOPSULATOR, from $24.99

If they like their beverages ice-cold, they’ll appreciate this thoughtful bottle holder. It can hold 12 oz. cans, 16-ounce cans, or be used as a pint glass holding 16 fluid ounces, so it’s really a three-in-one gadget. When they need a break from beer, this is perfect for keeping their water bottles chilled too. 

A creative journal that’ll help them get some sleep

Unique Amazon gifts Nocturnal Journal

“The Nocturnal Journal” by Lee Crutchley, $16

A great night’s sleep is essential to our well-being, but getting those eight hours each night can be easier said than done. If you know any night owls who need to catch up on their sleep, this journal will make a great gift. It’s full of prompts, illustrations, and questions to put their minds at ease when they’re up in the wee hours of the night.

A cute purse for the wine lover

unique amazon gifts wine purse

Insulate Wine Clutch Bag, $28

For the wine lover in your life, this bag does double duty as a cute outfit accessory and an insulated bag to easily bring along a bottle of wine to that house party, backyard barbeque, or picnic at the park. It comes in numerous pattern and color options, including nautical stripes, black tweed, beaded patterns, and more.

A pack of sticky notes to keep them on track

Unique Amazon gifts Knock Knock

Knock Knock “To Accomplish” Sticky Notes, from $12.55

For the friend who likes to keep it really organized, help them stay on track with this thoughtful set of sticky notes. With categories like “To Ponder,” “To Remember,” and “To Buy,” they can keep track of everything they need to accomplish in the near future. 

A breakfast station with everything they need to make the most important meal of the day

Unique Amazon gifts Nostalgia

Nostalgia Breakfast Station, $99.99

If a classic American breakfast sounds like their perfect morning, give them this clever kitchen gadget that can do it all — crunchy toast, crispy fried eggs, and a hot cup of coffee. 

A fruity hand cream that’ll look great on their counter

Unique Amazon gifts peach cream

TonyMoly Peach Hand Cream, $12

This rich hand cream is made with shea butter and peach extract to moisturize seriously dry skin. We love the refreshing, light peach scent and the adorable container, which looks just like a peach. 

The perfect socks for pizza lovers

pizza socks, $26

Pizza Socks Box (4 pairs), $25.99

From pizza ovens to pizza apparel, there’s no shortage of gifts catered to pizza lovers out there. We’re partial to these socks for their packaging, which is made to look like an actual pizza in an actual pizza box. 

Simple illustrated prints to hang around the house

Unique Amazon gifts Dream Big Printables

Dream Big Printables Botanical Prints (set of 4), $19.97

Finding unique home decor that’s also affordable can be a tough feat, but these artistic prints check off all the boxes. The illustrations of plants make a great addition to their kitchen, or even their bedroom if they want to show off their green thumb.

Reusable lunch bags that they’ll actually want to use

Unique Amazon gifts Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags

Diweiya Reusable Snack Bags, $11.99

Plastic bags are an unnecessary expense when you could just have reusable ones. Their environmentally-conscious and frugal sides will thank you for these sandwich and snack bags, which are dishwasher safe and BPA free. They’ll save a ton of money and plastic waste by using these, plus the colorful patterns are much more fun than clear plastic. 

A travel pillow that actually works

trtl, $30

Trtl Travel Pillow, $39.99

We’ve sung the praises of the Trtl Pillow before — it’s an essential for any traveler. The cozy and supportive neck pillow is a great gift for any frequent travelers or anyone who’s about to head out on a trip. 

A cutting board of their favorite place

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Totally Bamboo State Cutting Board, $29.99

Entertainers and those with state pride will love this cutting board. You can find a board shaped like any of the 50 states or Puerto Rico, each laser engraved with important landmarks, cities, and sights. It’s a fun, personal gift that they’re sure to love. 

A portable printer that lets them print instantly

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HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, $83

Nowadays, most of our photos live on our smartphones and social media apps, but many of us still love getting to look through or hang up printed pictures. This portable printer lets them do that super easily and with no wires so they can print pictures in a snap.

A charging stand for all of their devices

elago

elago Charging Hub, $26.99

This gift is a no-brainer for loyal Apple users. Instead of dealing with a tangle of chords from charging all of their products, they can streamline with this singular hub, which has a designated spot for their iPhone, Airpods, and Apple Watch. 

A gift set made for an at-home spa day

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Live by Being Bath Salt Gift Set, $56

Your giftee will be saying “aah” when they use this set of three calming bath salts during their next deep soak. All three blends are made with Dead Sea salt and enhanced with essential oils to hydrate skin, relieve stress, and relax the muscles. 

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The 8 best razors for women, including subscription services that deliver them straight to your door

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Well Kept Safety Razor Kit in doorstep

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  • Razors are an easy option for those who choose to remove their body hair.
  • With so many options out there, it can be tough to figure out which blade is best.
  • We tested a handful of the best razors for women, and these 9 reigned supreme.

When every razor in the aisle guarantees a nick-free close shave it’s hard to determine which one truly lives up to its promise. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the repetitive products on shelves that lack quality and make grooming feel like a chore. There’s not one kind of woman and our razors should reflect that. When, where and how we groom should complement our schedules, target our problem areas, align with our values and fit our individual needs.

Dedicating my body to one razor a week, I tested each product glide by glide. I wanted to see how smooth my shins could get and if the razors were flexible enough to fit in the hollows of my underarms. Because bikini lines can be super sensitive and a bit tricky to properly care for, I committed to one set in particular. This way I could see its effectiveness over time and look out for irritation, razor bumps, or even worse, in-grown hairs. Below are razors, sets and brands that will not only get you excited about grooming again but are made with intention and designed with precision.

Read on for the best razors for women in 2021:

The best safety razor

Oui The People Tone It Around Set

If you’ve never tried a safety razor before, the Oui the People Tone It Around Set is a great place to start. It provides a sophisticated and luxurious alternative to plastic razors while also delivering a close shave. The Matte Gold Single Blade Steel Razor is weighted, so it cancels out the need to apply heavy pressure or repeat strokes that would usually cause irritation or razor burn. The set also contains a chemical exfoliant to help prevent ingrown hairs while also brightening the skin. As intimidating as safety razors can be, the single blade offers a close shave without tugging and pulling on the hair follicle that will make you want to ditch disposables for good.

Oui the People’s razors tend to sell out fast, so this particular set is on back order. But the razor on its own is in stock, and definitely worth it. 

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The best travel razor

Alleyoop All in One Portable Razor

When it comes to the Alleyoop All-In-One Portable Razor it’s almost impossible to think of what this 4-in-1 razor can’t do. It’s circular shape and hard shell fits in the glove compartment of your car, tucked away inside of a purse, or, more predictably, in a bathroom drawer. Tucked into this tiny case is a refillable spray bottle, a moisturizing body bar that doubles as a shave cream, and two triple-blade razor cartridges. All you’ve got to do is turn the dial on the side of the compact to access each.  Compact in size and TSA-approved, this palm-sized razor is the handy travel razor you’ll want to reach for first.

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The best razor for your bikini line

Venus Pubic Hair & Skin Collection

Usually skeptical of using a razor to shave around my bikini line, I was pleasantly surprised by the Venus for Pubic Hair & Skin Collection. The flexibility of the razor allowed for a suitable fit in the nooks of my inner thighs, and the spacing of the blades made for a soft, easy glide.  I followed up immediately after shaving with the Skin Smoothing Exfoliant. The lather was light and the grit was way more gentle than the exfoliating glove I would have otherwise opted for. 

Along with the razor, exfoliant, and shaving gel, the collection also comes with the Daily Soothing Serum. When used daily, it maintains overall smoothness and hydration while reducing itch and irritation as well.

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The best eyebrow razor

Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Facial Razor

Shaving doesn’t get any more straightforward than this. The Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool is a disposable budget-friendly razor that’s extremely easy to use. It’s not the most sustainable out of the list, but the way it gently exfoliates and quickly removes hair for just $5 makes it hard to hate. 

The process of dermaplaning normally consists of gently removing the tiny thin hair from your face by using a sharp blade. Aside from shaping up your brows or cleaning up above the lip, removing overall facial hair can benefit your skincare routine because it allows a clean and smoothly exfoliated surface for creams and serums to better absorb into. This is why the fine micro-guards on this blade is arguably the best feature of the razor. They help protect the skin from cuts or nicks.

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The best razor for hard-to-reach areas

Flamingo Shave Set

You’ll know exactly why The Flamingo Razor earned its name after the first glide. The ergonomic handle bends at the neck at a seemingly 90 degree angle which makes it compatible with every curve and crevice of the body. Over the knee, under the arm or in the pocket of your inner thigh, the flexible-hinge neck makes anywhere easy to reach.The rubbery exterior and ridged under belly of the handle feels secure even when slippery. The set contains a Foaming Shave Gel you can use sparingly and a Daily Moisturizing Lotion you’ll wish there was more of. With just two pumps everything below the knee was white, foamy and fully coated with enough leftover to store under my arms as well. 

The five blade razor offers a tiny bit of resistance, but that’s to be expected when using Flamingo’s custom cut Gothic Arch shaped blades. With a blade crafted to have super sharp edges and a strong base, you’ll want to pace your shave with precision. Because the razor, gel and lotion work together to leave skin incredibly hydrated and shockingly smooth, the wall mounted suction hook and extra 5 blade razor will feel like bonus gifts in this set.

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The best sustainable razor

Well Kept Safety Razor Kit in doorstep

Although it’s not the only cruelty-free razor on this list, The Detox Market redefines the true meaning of green beauty. The Well Kept Safety Razor has a plastic-free brass handle made to last a lifetime with stainless steel, recyclable blades. (The packaging it arrives in is recyclable, too.) Like most safety razors, it comes with a bit of a learning curve, but the weight does most of the work for you. With step-by-step instructions on how to use the razor, replace the blades, and how to dispose at the end of its life, The Detox Market reinforces that sustainability is a journey that we as a community all play a role in. This planet-friendly razor is costly upfront, but when a shave feels more like a wax and is boxed with care, it’s worth the extra penny.

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The best razor for sensitive skin

Billie Starter Kit

When it comes to the Billie Razor, this company’s mission to design for womankind means much more than a close shave. After realizing that women are tasked with overpaying for razors and pressured to remove body hair, they ditched the Pink Tax and displayed body hair positivity. Although Billie donates 1% of their revenue to important causes around the world and are currently partnering with Every Mother Counts, YWCA and Black Girls Code, their offered support starts in the shower. 

The brand’s starter kit comes with a magic holder, two five-blade cartridges and a handle in five different flirty colorways to choose from. It’s guaranteed to be the prettiest bathroom essential mounted in your shower. The largeness of the razor head covers more skin in half the passes while the blade itself provides a seamless shave. The Billie razor offers consistently effective results and requires minimal effort from the shaver. It does all the work, so women don’t have to.

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The best subscription razor

Athena Club The Razor Kit

Once selecting your handle color and choosing a plan that best fits your shaving schedule The Athena Club Razor Kit  becomes more like a prescription and you’ve chosen the dosage. In a box that matches the color of your razor comes one ergonomic razor, one magnetic hook and a five blade cartridge with an extra one to hold you over until your next box arrives. Even when wet, the handle’s smooth, but rubbery feel is slip resistant and easy for gripping. You can thank the water-activated shea butter serum that borders the blade for the smooth and precise shave you won’t have to touch up the next day or two. With a razor you don’t have to press down hard to use and a subscription service that sends blade refills directly to your doorstep, you get the best results with half the effort.

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The 52 best birthday discounts and freebies from companies like Madewell, Chick-fil-A, and Sephora

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Along with the joy of being one year older and wiser, you can maximize your birthday celebration with discounts and freebies from a huge selection of retailers and restaurants.

We scoured the internet to find out the best freebies and coupons you can get. For the majority of the retailers, you’ll need to sign up for rewards programs which means sharing your e-mail. In exchange, you’ll receive annual access to exclusive coupon codes, free snacks, and other goodies from retailers like Anthropologie, Chick-fil-A, and Ulta.

To save even more, check out the best deals and sales going on now.

Here are 52 ways to get freebies and discounts for your birthday.

Best restaurant and food birthday freebies

Auntie Anne’s: Sign up for Pretzel Perks and get a free birthday pretzel.

Baskin Robbins: Get a free birthday scoop when you are a part of the birthday club. 

Buffalo Wild Wings: Members of the Blazin’ Rewards get free birthday wings. 

California Pizza Kitchen: Get a free dessert when you’re signed up for CPK Rewards. 

Caribou Coffee: Caribou Perks members get a free treat.

Chick-fil-A: Get a free reward when you’re signed up for Chick-fil-A One rewards.

Chili’s: Get a free dessert when you’re a part of My Chili’s Rewards. 

Chipotle: Get free food when you’re signed up for Chipotle Rewards.

Cold Stone Creamery: My Cold Stone Creamery rewards members can buy one and get one for free ice cream creations. 

Dairy Queen: Get a free Blizzard when you’re a member of the Blizzard Fan Club.

Denny’s: Get a free birthday breakfast item when you’ve signed up for Denny’s Rewards.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Sign up for rewards and get a free birthday drink.

Edible Arrangements: Get a free gift box when you sign up for rewards.

Hard Rock Cafe: Get a free dessert as a rewards member. 

IHOP: Get free pancakes when you’re a part of the MyHop rewards.

Jamba Juice: Get a free juice or smoothie when you’ve signed up for the rewards program.

Krispy Kreme: Get a birthday donut for free when you’re a part of the rewards program.

Olive Garden: Get a free birthday dessert when you’ve signed up for rewards.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a free birthday dessert when you’ve signed up for the rewards program.

Panera Bread: Get a free treat on your birthday and when you sign up. 

P.F. Chang’s: Get a free dessert or appetizer during your birthday month as a rewards member. 

Sprinkles: Join Sprinkles Perks and get a birthday cupcake for free. 

Starbucks: Create an account and get a free drink on your birthday.

The Melting Pot: Sign up for rewards and get free chocolate-covered strawberries and a birthday voucher. 

Best beauty and makeup birthday freebies

Aveda: Get a free aromatic nourishing composition oil worth $23 at participating locations or with an order. 

Bare Minerals: Get a free birthday gift and other special discounts and freebies when you sign up for the Good Rewards program. 

Benefit Brow Bar: Get a free brow arch service done at select locations during your birth week.

Carol’s Daughter: Sign up for the rewards program and get a birthday coupon.

Estee Lauder: Sign up for the loyalty program and get 15% off your first online order and a birthday gift. 

Jane Iredale: Get a birthday savings discount when you sign up for Beauty Rewards. 

Sephora: Choose from one of four birthday gift set options including sets from Rare Beauty, Nars, Laneige, and Moroccanoil

The Body Shop: Get a $10 coupon when you join the loyalty club. 

Ulta: Sign up for Ulta Rewards and get 2x the points during your birth month and get a free gift set. 

Best retail freebies and discounts for your birthday

Ace Hardware: Get a $5 birthday coupon as a rewards member. 

Anthropologie: AnthroPerk members get a 15% birthday discount. 

American Eagle: Level one rewards members get 15% off, level two get 20% off, and level three members get a 25% birthday coupon.

Famous Footwear: Get a $5 coupon when you’re signed up for the rewards program.

J.Crew: Get 20% off and free shipping as a Factory First member. 

Kendra Scott: Get 50% off a piece of fashion jewelry or 25% off fine jewelry. 

Madewell: Get a $25 birthday coupon as a Madewell Insider.

Petco: Get a free treat for your pet’s birthday when you’re a Pals Rewards Member.

Old Navy: Get 20% off when you join the birthday club.

Uniqlo: Get a birthday coupon when you register on the Uniqlo app.

Victoria’s Secret: Get a birthday $10 discount as a Victoria’s Secret credit cardholder.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to sign up for rewards programs to get freebies?

Most birthday freebies and discounts require you to be a part of the retailer’s rewards program to get a coupon sent to your email. Plus, signing up for rewards programs means you’ll get access to other exclusive discounts and promotions from the store. 

How far in advance do I need to sign up for rewards programs to get my birthday freebie?

Signing up at least one month or earlier before the big day is recommended. This should be plenty of time to make sure your birthday treat gets to your inbox on your birthday or during your birth month.

For what it’s worth, we found that signing up too close to your birthday didn’t allow us to get some of our benefits.

Are freebies only available on the day of my birthday?

If you sign up for rewards or loyalty programs ahead of time, your birthday discount or freebie should land in your inbox at the beginning of your birth month and last until the end of the month. However, some freebies such as Starbucks only offer a free birthday drink on your actual birthday. 

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When it comes to gifts for women, you can always go the functional route with tech gadgets and cookware, or you can celebrate them with fun gifts like a personalized photo calendar and coffee table book.

There are countless gifts for women to sift through, but we’re here to help you choose the perfect ones for every woman on your list. Though you can never go wrong with flowers and a thoughtful card, we’ve also included some more unique gift ideas, like a custom map poster and a painting kit.

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A DIY birth month flower kit

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit gift for women, gift for her

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $34

For a twist on the traditional bouquet of flowers, give her this flower kit to nourish within the confines of her own home. She’ll appreciate the personal touch of choosing her birth month flower, whether it be a sunflower, daisy, or marigold.

A luxurious box of truffles

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Truffle Collection – 32 Pieces, available at Goldbelly, $94

Take her all around the world with this set of truffles. Each flavor is inspired by global flavors, with ones like Dulce de Leche, Balsamico, and Sveta Sofia. It doesn’t get any better than a box of chocolates when it comes to gifts for the women in your life. 

Read our full review of Goldbelly here.

A yoga mat for the fitness enthusiast

Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat gift for mom

ProLite Yoga Mat, available at Manduka or Backcountry, from $95

For the one who doubles as a yogi, this mat has just the right amount of padding, is made of eco-friendly materials, and has a no-slip grip texture. It’s a top pick, even earning a spot as the best overall in our guide to the best yoga mats.

A coffee table book for her home or office

Women: The National Geographic Image Collection gift for Mom

“Women: The National Geographic Image Collection” by National Geographic, available at Amazon, $27.05

You can’t go wrong with a coffee table book gift for her, and this one is a true standout. The photography is sure to be top-notch, since National Geographic created this book. There’s no reason to not pass along this book of powerful women to your mom, sister, or friend.

A cute way to show off her zodiac sign

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Mejuri Zodiac Collection, available at Mejuri, from $90

To the average eye, this necklace just looks like a cool piece of jewelry, but it actually represents her zodiac sign. It’s a fun way to gift her some jewelry with a special meaning, but subtle enough to make its way into her everyday wear.

Read our full review here.

A wallet and passport holder all-in-one

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet gift for women, gift for her

Kate Spade Spencer Passport Wallet, available at Kate Spade, $110

There’s nothing better than a wallet that can fit just about all of your essentials, from cash and coins to cards and even your passport. This wallet ticks off all of these boxes, and in a soft saffiano leather. You can learn more about this wallet, in our guide to the best women’s wallets.

Virtual cooking classes for the aspiring chef

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Sur La Table Online Cooking Classes, available at Sur La Table, starting at $29 per household

Gifting a full experience to the women in your life is perhaps one of the best ways to spend time  with them. Led by expert chefs, these virtual cooking classes will have her running around the kitchen and having fun all at once. The lessons last for 90 to 120 minutes and cover tons of dishes and beverages.

A personalized photo calendar for her desk

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Walnut Desktop Photo Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, $30

A desk calendar can add a decorative touch to her desk, but one that displays photos of her and her loved ones makes for an even better gift. She’ll love glancing at her calendar and being reminded of her favorite memories.

An easy-to-use painting set

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Uncommon Goods Springtime Paint-by-Number Kit, available at Uncommon Goods, $35

Painting isn’t only for those who do art on the regular. This kit is a straightforward gift for any woman, regardless of experience level. Creating her work of art will take between three and five hours, but she’ll end up with a frame-worthy masterpiece.

A sleek, leather AirPod case with her initials

The Daily Edited Saffiano AirPod Case gift for women, gift for her

Saffiano AirPod Case, available at The Daily Edited, $40

The tech guru in your life will enjoy having a sophisticated home for her AirPods. You can customize everything from the font, text, and font size to the font color, text position, and greeting card. There’s an array of neutral colors for the AirPods and AirPods Pro, and in either pebbled leather or saffiano leather.

A refillable, leather journal with her initials

Leatherology Medium Journal gift for women, gift for mom

Leatherology Medium Journal, available at Leatherology, $70 + $10-$15 monogram

For the one who loves to organize her thoughts and jot down to-do lists, a monogrammed leather journal is the perfect gift for her. And this one is sure to last, since she can order as many paper refills as she needs.

A heated massager to melt the day away

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InvoSpa Shiatsu Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massager with Heat, available at Amazon, $39.99

After a long day, all she wants is some true relaxation to melt away the tension that’s built up. While she can’t get a real massage every day, you can give her this at-home shiatsu massager, which can give her a quality massage for much less. 

A Disney Plus gift subscription

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Disney Plus gift subscription, 1-year subscription for $79.99

Give her unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox — pretty much everything she needs to pass the time at home.

Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here and, if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

The best socks she’s never tried

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Bombas Gripper Sock 4-Pack, available at Bombas, $53.20

They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Bombas spent two years perfecting its gym socks, and we think they got it right. With thoughtful innovations, like a blister tab and cushioned footbeds, her feet will notice the difference as soon as she slips them on.

Read more on Bombas here.

Hot sauce with a sweet twist

Gifts for her Blazin' Mango Hot Sauce

Trinidadian Blazin’ Mango Pepper Sauce, available at Etsy, $15

Spicy and sweet: Is there a better combo than this? This handmade sauce packs the heat of habanero peppers with a hint of fruity mango, adding an element to dishes that Etsy reviewers call “so full of flavor, there is no comparison.”

A simple, yet elegant bracelet

Mother's Day gifts: Gifts for her Baublebar Pisa Bracelet

Pisa Bracelet, available at BaubleBar, $22

This bracelet’s simple beaded design is available in four different sizes to add a subtle, yet fun accent to nearly any look. If they’re looking for something a bit more personalized, BaubleBar’s Pisa Bracelet is also available with letter charms, hearts, birthstones, and more

A sweet surprise

Birthdays in quarantine SugarWish

Sugarwish Treat Boxes, from $22 for two selections

Sugarwish takes the guesswork out of gifting as you’re able to entirely customize the kinds of candies, cookies, or popcorn added to the gift, and the recipient chooses their favorites. They’ll receive an email or text message prompting them to pick out their Sugarwish contents immediately following the purchase, and you can add a custom message to further personalize this sweet treat.

A set of face masks for all of her skin woes

Gifts for her Peter Thomas Roth

Peter Thomas Roth Masking Minis 5-Piece Mask Kit, available at Sephora, $19

Whether she wants to hydrate or purify her skin, this set can help address all of those concerns while she catches up on Disney+. It features five of Peter Thomas Roth’s bestselling masks, all in cute mini sizes. 

A year-long MasterClass membership to learn new things

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Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, $180/year

MasterClass, unlike many competitors, follows a format that feels like a one-sided conversation with your favorite icons rather than a traditional academic setting. It’s interesting — and you can go as deep (into reading materials) or shallow (listening to their insight while running errands) as you like to. An Unlimited Membership will give them access to all the site’s classes for the year.

The site hosts classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders — from Neil deGrasse Tyson teaching Scientific Thinking and Communication to Malcolm Gladwell on Writing, Shonda Rhimes on Writing for Television, and Bob Iger on Business Strategy and Leadership.

Read our full review here.

A pasta of the month subscription

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Sfoglini Seasonal Pasta Subscription, available at Food52, $65-$120

Sfoglini’s organic, Brooklyn-made pastas are an exciting addition to her pantry. Choose from either a 3- or 6-month subscription — each month she’ll get two 16-ounce boxes of pasta (one signature option and one seasonal option) along with recipes and pairing ideas. In the past, seasonal pastas have included locally-sourced ingredients like ramp, fennel, and chili pepper, so you can be sure she’ll be surprised with something unique. 

A luxe cashmere tee

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Everlane The Cashmere Tee, available at Everlane, from $36

Gift an Everlane E-Gift Card, from $25

We love how soft, cozy, and affordable Everlane’s cashmere sweaters are. This fitted tee is a great way to add some cashmere into her spring wardrobe — it’s lightweight, comfortable, and an elevated take on a classic T-shirt. 

Read our full review here.

A sentimental scented candle

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Homesick Candle, available at Homesick Candles, from $34

Homesick Candles are made to smell like cities, states, and other places that make you nostalgic like the sweet and sentimental aromas of Summer Camp or the celebratory Champagne Toast.

Read our full review here

A sweet treat delivered to her door

Gifts for her Milk Bar Red Velvet Trufles

Milk Bar Chocolate B’Day Truffles, available at Milk Bar, $26

If you can’t bake her a cake this year, this may just be the next best thing. We love gifting Milk Bar’s creative confections, like these Red Velvet Truffles. 

Read our full review here

A cute and challenging puzzle

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Full Moon Puzzle, available at Anthropologie, $24.95

A puzzle is a fun way to pass the time and putting together this 500-piece one, with its gradient pattern, will definitely be a challenge. The whimsical design will look nice splayed out on any table. 

A reusable bag that comes in dozens of fun prints

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Baggu Standard Baggu, available at Baggu, $12

You can never have too many reusable bags, especially when they’re as cute as the ones Baggu makes. The Standard Baggu is designed to hold up to 50 pounds and folds into a flat 5-inch by 5-inch pouch for easy storage in her purse. 

Read our full review here

A fun pair of summery shoes

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Soludos Swimmers Embroidered Espadrille, available at Soludos, $25

If they’re dreaming of warmer weather or love to plan ahead, espadrilles make a great gift. Soludos espadrilles are lightweight, easy to slip on, and come in tons of fun designs. This pair is embroidered with little swimmers for a summery feel, but if it’s not her style there are plenty more cute options to choose from

Read our full review here.

A calming weighted blanket

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Casper Weighted Blanket, available at Casper, from $152.10

Weighted blankets are filled with pounds of microbeads that provide constant pressure. The result is a hug-like sensation that soothes, relieves anxiety and stress, and makes going to bed super comfortable. 

A luxe body lotion

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Nécessaire The Body Lotion, available at Sephora, $25

Upgrade her post-shower routine with this super hydrating, skin-smoothing body lotion. It’s filled with nourishing, clean ingredients that will keep dry skin at bay. 

Read our full review here.

A cold brew coffee maker for her mornings

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OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $51.95

If she always craves cold brew, give her the tools to make it herself from the comfort of her own kitchen. This device is super easy to use and can make a cup that rivals the cold brew from the coffee shop since she can use her favorite grounds.

A pain-relieving seat cushion

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Purple Seat Cushion, available at Purple, from $39

Sitting all day in uncomfortable chairs can really strain her back. Show her you care with a seat cushion to help alleviate some of the pain. Purple makes pillows in different shapes and sizes to target and support specific areas, but all are very supportive and comfortable.

Read our full review here

A creative subscription for coffee lovers

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Atlas Coffee Club Gift Subscription, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $60

Atlas Coffee Club is an affordable subscription service that’ll send her a new bag of globally-curated, single-origin coffee beans each month. Each shipment comes with brewing information, a postcard from the country of origin, tasting notes, and packaging inspired by the country of origin’s culture for an immersive and educational experience. 

Read our full review here

A sheet set that makes bedtime better

Brooklinen sheets

Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, available at Brooklinen, from $240

Brooklinen has a well-earned reputation as the internet’s favorite bedding startup. Its bedding is comfortable and luxurious, and any of the 14 colors and patterns can instantly elevate the look of her bedroom. If she’s not ready to revamp her whole bedding set, gift her a pair of pillowcases to start. 

Read our full review here

A cute and practical charging pad

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Courant Catch:3 Wireless Charger, available at Courant, $175

While charging pads are useful tech gifts, many are made with generic and unsightly plastic. Courant is changing that with the Catch:3. The wireless charging pad is made with sleek aluminum and pebbled leather that comes in appealing colors like Dusty Rose, and doubles as a catchall tray for all their knick-knacks.

A little box of cute trinkets

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Greetabl Custom Gift Box, available at Greetabl, from $13

Customize a little box for her full of cute trinkets and sweet messages. Pick the print of the box, what little gifts you’d like to put inside, then fill in your own message and pictures you want to be included. It’s a small but sweet gift that works for just about anything.

Read our full review here.

A gift set of delightfully scented candles

Otherland candles

Otherland Single Flame Candle, available at Otherland, $36

Otherland Threesome Candle Gift Set, available at Otherland, $89

Candles make a great gift for just about any woman who loves to make their home smell good. Otherland combines gorgeous packaging with incredible scents for candles that will transport her with their whimsy. Choose from scents like Canopy, which blends fresh fig with herby ivy greens and mint, or Chandelier, which mixes light Champagne with saffron and musky leather.

Read our full review here.

A nourishing hair mask for dry hair

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Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, available at Sephora, $38

Heat-damaged, color-treated, or just plain dry hair will love this deep conditioning mask. Rosehip and almond oils, B-vitamins, and algae extract will help refresh her strands with some much-needed moisture.

Read our full review here.

Hand sanitizer that looks cool while fending off bacteria

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Touchland Power Mist Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $12

Let’s face it — no one has ever loved the gift of hand sanitizer. But it’s actually really practical! Touchland is a new startup that’s out to make attractive and efficacious hand sanitizers that they’ll want to use. The spray formula is moisturizing, doesn’t smell like alcohol or leave hands sticky, and comes in a sleek modern packaging they’ll be proud to show off. 

Read our full review here.

A Kindle so she can read literally anything, anywhere

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $129.99

While there’s no denying that flipping through real, paper pages is a great feeling, an ebook reader is a great option for travelers and commuters (when it’s time to do these things again). She can access her entire library of ebooks on this thing, which makes it easy to always dive into a new book. We’re partial to Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite with its glare-free display and waterproofing, which allows you to read literally anywhere.

Read our full review here.

A smart fitness tracker

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Fitbit Inspire HR, available at Best Buy, $79.95

This Fitbit is an all-in-one smartwatch and a fitness tracker with plenty of great features she’ll enjoy using. From 24/7 activity and sleep tracking to water resistance, call and text capabilities, and more, she can wear this everywhere she goes. 

Read on for the different Fitbit versions here.

A Polaroid camera for instant snapshots

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, available at Urban Outfitters, $69

In a world where most of our pictures stay on our smartphones, having an instant camera makes snapping life’s everyday moments a little more exciting. Waiting for pictures to develop is always exciting, but what she’ll love even more is actually getting to hold onto them.

An Amazon Echo that matches her style

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Amazon Echo (4th generation), available at Amazon, $99.99

The Echo is the perfect addition to her nightstand or countertop. It uses Alexa to accomplish any number of tasks, from answering questions to reordering supplies on Amazon and comes in five colors that’ll complement her style.

Read our full review here

A lip gloss that has all the benefits of a balm

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Tower28 Beauty Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Credo Beauty, $14

This clean-beauty favorite delivers the glossy sheen of a lip gloss but with the nourishing ingredients of a lip balm. The non-sticky consistency is perfect for everyday wear and the pocket-sized tubes are easy to stash in a handbag. 

Read our full review here

A new and entertaining Echo Show

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Amazon Echo Show 5, available at Best Buy, $44.99

Whether she has a host of Alexa-enabled devices or is new to smart home technology, she’ll love using the Echo Show. The latest version is sleeker and more compact than ever before, with a bright display which she can use to watch her favorite shows, video call her friends, keep an eye on her security cameras, and more. 

A mini waffle iron for cute and quick breakfasts

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Dash Mini Waffle Maker, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $9.99

Not only does this mini waffle maker take up a little counter space, but it also heats up in minutes, so she can make her favorite breakfast in a flash. 

A small smart speaker

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Google Home Mini, available at Best Buy, $34.99

This little Google Assistant speaker is loaded with smart features. She can play music, check the weather, and control the rest of her smart home system with just her voice. 

An electric toothbrush she didn’t think she needed

Goby Toothbrush

Goby Brush Kit, available at Goby, from $55

The direct-to-consumer model has found its place in almost every industry, toothbrushes included. Goby is a startup making great electric toothbrushes at more reasonable prices than most by selling them straight to their customers. Plus, the bright colors will make brushing her teeth a little more fun.  

Read our full review here.

A cult-favorite candle

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Diptyque Baies Candle, available at Bloomingdale’s, from $38

Gifting candles is an art and Diptyque is one that works every time. She’ll swoon over the chic French aesthetic and the aromatic blend of rose petals and blackcurrant leaves. The brand is even mentioned in our guide to the best candle brands

A set of silk hair scrunchies

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Slip Pure Silk Scrunchie Set, available at Sephora, $39

These silk scrunchies create less friction than cotton ones, which means less breakage and frizz for her strands. If she wouldn’t likely splurge on these for herself, she’ll appreciate receiving them as a gift. 

A book club that will never cancel on her (unless she wants to skip a month)

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Book of the Month 3-Month Gift Membership, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99

A Book of the Month membership is the perfect gift to satisfy the bookworm on your list. This gift membership gets your bookworm their pick of the best new books for $12.50 to $15 a month depending on the length of subscription you choose to gift (three, six, or 12 months). They can also request extra books for an additional $9.99 each if they read more than one book a month. We included this membership in our roundup of the best book lover gifts, too.

A piece of cast iron cookware she’ll use to make all of her favorite dishes

Gifts for her Le Creuset

Le Creuset Cast Iron Braiser, available at Le Creuset, from $200

Unlike most cooking tools, a cast iron pan actually gets better with time. This braiser from Le Creuset is loved by Insider Reviews editors, comes in a bunch of different colors, and is the perfect size for the kinds of one-pot, saucy pasta dishes we make all the time.

It’s wide enough and deep enough that she won’t have to worry about adding too much liquid and having the contents spill over the sides. It’s also great for cooking meats and veggies since there’s plenty of surface area, so everything has room to get nice and crispy.

Read our full review here.

A fresh take on classic pearl earrings

Catbird earrings

Catbird Baby Pearl Hoops Pair, available at Catbird, $88

Gift a Catbird E-Gift Card, from $25

Pearl earrings are a classic gift for women who love extra feminine touches in their jewelry. This pair blends the timeless style with a modern touch, with little pearls wrapped around a small, ear-hugging hoop that’s great for everyday wear and special occasions.

A stylish and comfortable pair of shoes

Allbirds Women's Wool Runners

Allbirds Wool Runners, available at Allbirds, $95

Popular shoe startup Allbirds is equal parts cool and comfortable. You can’t go wrong with any of its styles, but if she’s already got a pair of the original Wool Runners, try the Wool Runners Mizzle or Tree Runners, both styles that we love around here at Insider Reviews. 

Read our full reviews of the Wool RunnersWool Runner Mizzles, and Tree Runners here.

A frame to show off her favorite Polaroid shots

Gifts for her frame

Instax Collage Frame, available at Michaels, $24.99

This frame is the perfect addition to go with her Polaroid camera. With slots made to fit the miniature prints, she’ll love using this to show off her best snapshots. 

Beautiful floral bouquets

The Bouqs Co.

The Bouqs Co. bouquets, available at The Bouqs Co., from $36

UrbanStems bouquets, available at UrbanStems, from $50

Both of these online florists offer stunning arrangements made from only the freshest blooms, and they’re delivered quickly too. 

Read our full reviews of The Bouqs and UrbanStems here.

A practical everyday bag that looks good too

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Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag, available at Dagne Dover, from $135

Gift a Dagne Dover E-Gift Card, from $25

We’re huge fans of Dagne Dover’s thoughtfully designed bags. The Weston and Ryan bags are laptop bags with the brand’s signature sleek neoprene fabric and smart design that keeps everything she’ll need organized and easily accessible.

Read our full review here

Easy-to-care-for succulents to add some green to her space

The Sill succulent trio

Check out The Sill’s selection of succulents, from $14

Bring some life to her space with these adorable succulents. With little attention needed, they’re a great gift for amateur plant parents and experienced ones alike. 

Read our full review here.

Cups of healthy food she can take on the go

Gifts for mom Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest 9-Cup Gift Box, available at Daily Harvest, $75

If she’s always trying to find new ways to prioritize health into her busy schedule, help her out with some Daily Harvest cups. You can prepay for nine cups, which she can redeem and pick out herself. She can choose from smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and other bowls of healthy food that are super easy to take on the go. 

Fancy olive oil

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Brightland Alive Olive Oil, available at Brightland, $37

If she spends a lot of time in the kitchen, she’ll appreciate this high-quality olive oil. A drizzle of Alive from Brightland adds a vibrant, zesty flavor to any dish, plus the beautiful bottle will look great on display in her kitchen. 

Read our full review here.

A pair of leggings that are just as fashionable as they are comfortable

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Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings, available at Outdoor Voices, $78

Outdoor Voices has made its name in the athleisure world for offering high-quality workout apparel that women feel great and look great in. This pair comes in six color options and has a unique color-blocked style, plus a snug compression fit that actually works to keep her comfortable through a long workout.

A luxurious and relaxing bubble bath

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L’Occitane Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39

Just because she’s not a kid anymore doesn’t mean she’s too old for a bubble bath. This foaming bubble bath is the upgraded adult version, with the calming properties of lavender sure to soothe her body and mind. 

A set of loose-leaf teas that even Oprah loves

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Vadham Chai Tea Reserve Set, available at Amazon, $34.99

This set of loose-leaf teas made it into Oprah’s Favorite Things back in 2018. It’s filled with three variations of chai that she’ll enjoy sipping. If she’s exclusively a tea drinker, check out our gift guide for tea lovers

A sleek suitcase that’ll be her travel go-to

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Paravel Aviator Carry-On, available at Paravel, from $255

If she’s trying to live a more sustainable life, try this carry-on spinner from Paravel. The hard polycarbonate exterior, interior lining, aluminum handle, and zippers are all made with recycled materials, and the sleek detailing on the body is made with vegan leather. It’s a gorgeous and thoughtful gift that she’ll love using when it’s time to travel again.

A pressure cooker she’ll use to make everything

Instant Pot

Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart, available at Amazon and Walmart, $89

Whether she loves to cook decadent meals, is adamant about meal prepping, or likes to make her time in the kitchen as efficient as possible, the Instant Pot can help her out. The kitchen gadget has 14 smart programs, like saute, simmer, and slow cook, that make cooking a breeze and can save her lots of time in the kitchen. This one’s even named the best overall in our guide to the best Instant Pot and electric pressure cookers.

A customized map of her favorite place

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Grafomap Custom Map Poster, available at Grafomap, from $49

Nostalgic gifts always make great ones. Pick any location you want, whether it’s a whole city or a very specific address, then customize the map with colors, labels, frames, your desired orientation, and more. It’s an undeniably cool gift and one that’s sure to make her sentimental.

Read our full review here.

Chocolate-covered strawberries

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Shari’s Berries Dozen Gourmet Dipped Fancy Strawberries, available at Shari’s Berries, $39.99

Chocolate covered strawberries are a woman’s best friend. These are so good that she’ll want to eat all of these rich milk, dark, and white chocolate strawberries all by herself. 

A cookbook full of unique and delicious recipes

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“Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm” by Molly Yeh, available at Amazon, $19.54

Urbanite turned farmer’s wife with a Chinese and Jewish background, Molly Yeh has lots of unlikely stories and recipes to share. Her book delves into her life story between recipes which blend cooking techniques, ingredients, and dishes she’s picked up from all corners of her life. The result? Unusual and delicious creations, like Scallion Pancake Challah and Asian Scotch Eggs. It’s a great pick for adventurous cooks who can appreciate a good laugh along the way. 

A Champagne flute that’ll keep her bubbles chilled

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Corkcicle Stemless Champagne Flute, available at Williams Sonoma $19.95

She enjoys her bubbles best when cold, so make sure they’re always just the way she likes them, with the inventive Corkcicle flute. The shatterproof stainless steel and triple insulation promise crisp champagne every time. 

A dainty jewelry holder

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Catbird Swan Ring Holder, available at Catbird, $32

A jewelry holder is always a good gift idea for any woman who wants to organize their jewelry. This pretty little swan will look great on her nightstand or dresser. It’s a small, but beautiful piece of decor, and super practical in that it can hold rings, necklaces, and more.

A watch that nails the minimalist aesthetic

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Linjer Petite Watch, available at Linjer, $199

With smartwatches and phones that act like appendages, it might seem like the classic analog watch is disposable. Yet, there’s something about the timeless style of an analog watch that no piece of modern tech can match. This watch is well made and dainty, with a small face that is prominent without being obtrusive, making it her next great accessory.

Read our full review here.

The one that she’ll never be able to put down

I'll Be There For You

“I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends” by Kelsey Miller, available at Amazon, from $14.49

Real “Friends” fans have already seen every episode (more than once), but they probably haven’t read this book. Miller dives into “Friends,” analyzing the show’s history, ’90s history in general, and more to create a picture of how this show came to be the phenomenon that we’re still watching today. 

A great pair of wireless earbuds

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Apple AirPods with Charging Case, available at Target, $119.99

Once she tries wireless earbuds, she won’t want to go back to the wired kind. AirPods are a reliable gift for nearly any occasion, and they’re compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device. 

Read on for the different AirPod versions here.

A powerful wireless speaker

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Sonos One (Gen 2), available at Best Buy, $199.99

Sleek and minimal, the Sonos One won’t overwhelm or distract from her existing decor. It can play music and podcasts via Bluetooth so there won’t be unsightly cords to deal with either.

A pair of joggers made for just lounging around

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Tommy John Lounge Jogger, available at Tommy John, $78

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Sometimes, she just wants to lounge around in something super soft. And by sometimes, we mean all the time. Treat her to some super-soft loungewear so she can feel great when loafing around. 

Read our full review here

A set of great makeup bags

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Leatherology Clamshell Makeup Bag Set, available at Leatherology, $180

Every woman needs a nice bag to hold her makeup and toiletries, whether for traveling or keeping on her dresser. This leather set comes with two sizes, one smaller and one larger, and can even be monogrammed if you want to make this gift for her even more special.

A really good mug she can take camping or into the office

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Yeti Rambler 14 oz. Mug, available at Yeti and Backcountry, from $29.99

With a vacuum-insulated interior and secure top, this mug works for just about any occasion. Whether she wants to tote her hot oatmeal to the office or enjoy some chili while camping, this is what she’ll want to use. 

Haircare products that have her name written all over them

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Personalized 8 oz. Shampoo and Conditioner Set, available at Function of Beauty, $29.99

Ordinarily, it might seem strange to gift someone bottles of shampoo and conditioner, but not with Function of Beauty’s highly giftable products. They take her hair concerns into account when developing her personalized haircare system. She can also choose the color and fragrance of her formula, and even the labels on the bottles.

Read our full review here.

A serum that holds up to its name

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Maelove Glow Maker Serum, available at Maelove, $27.95

There are a lot of serums out there, making lofty claims about how much they’ll improve skin, but Maelove’s Glow Maker really lives up to the hype. If the fact that it was developed by MIT scientists is not enough, it also costs less than $30, and it really will get her skin glowing in no time.

Read our full review here.

A soft robe she’ll love to wrap up in

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Parachute Classic Bathrobe, available at Parachute, $99

A plush bathrobe will make every morning feel like a trip to the spa for her. Parachute’s soft Turkish cotton robe comes in four colors: white, mineral, blush, and stone. This fluffy gift for the woman in your life will become her go-to pick. 

Read our full review here.

A handy streaming device

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Roku Ultra, available at Walmart, from $67.13

Maybe she’s trying to cut the cord with cable, or maybe she’s just sick of watching Netflix solely on her laptop. Whatever it is, a Roku Ultra is an easy-to-use device that gives her access to plenty of awesome content to stream. 

Read our full review here.

A flask that brews her tea on the go

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T2 Tea Stainless Steel Flask, available at Amazon, from $35

She loves having her tea every morning, but there’s no way for her to brew the loose-leaf in an insulated mug. That’s exactly what the T2 does. All she has to do is fill with water, load up the infuser with her favorite tea, and let it brew. Plus, the T2 keeps tea warm for up to six hours, so she can enjoy it throughout the day.

A hype-worthy pullover

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Patagonia Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T Pullover, available at Patagonia, $149

There’s a lot of hype around Patagonia apparel, but we think it’s warranted. This sweater embodies the Patagonia ethos of great fitting, high-quality, performance apparel with its super-soft, warm cotton and a quilted exterior that looks nice too. 

Read our full review here.

A surprise set of new undies

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MeUndies Custom Pack, available at MeUndies, from $45

MeUndies makes shopping for underwear a lot more fun, and this gift set is just one example. You can choose from MeUndies’ unique designs to assure the pack is suitable to her style. 

Read our full review here.

A month of unlimited shopping

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RTR Gift Card, available at Rent The Runway, from $69

Okay, so not all the shopping, but Rent The Runway is a great choice for shoppers who constantly want to update their wardrobe without spending major bucks. Rent the Runway has great luxury brands for her to choose from, with everything from casual weekend wares to special occasion outfits.

Read our full review here

The gift of delicious cheese

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Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheese Collection, available at Williams Sonoma, $79.95

Delight her with a gift box of handcrafted cheeses from Vermont. There’s some English-style cheddar, a cave-aged semi-firm cheese, a mild and salty blue, and a bright rind cheese, so she can stick to what she knows or try something new. Let’s face it, it’s all delicious.

A set of dark towels that won’t show her makeup stains

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Weezie Makeup Towels (Pair), available at Weezie, $40

These gentle and fluffy towels were made to help her wash off the day’s makeup with ease. There are three different patterns you can choose to embroider onto the towels, all of which are adorable.

Read our full review here.

A face mask fanatic’s dream set

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La Mer Treatment Lotion Hydrating Mask, available at Sephora, from $35 

A luxurious face mask from La Mer will give her everything she needs to achieve a radiant glow and smoother skin. The women in your life, and their skin, will thank you for this self-care gift.

An indoor garden for her green thumb

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Click and Grow Indoor Herb Garden, available at Amazon, $99.95

Give the experienced or aspiring green thumb this countertop herb garden — it’ll add some much-needed color and delicious herbs to their space. The device is effortless to use, so even amateur gardeners won’t mess it up. 

Read our full review here.

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36 thoughtful, last-minute gifts that don’t feel rushed

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We’ve all been there – holidays and birthdays are just around the corner, your schedule starts getting more chaotic, and you still haven’t picked out a gift!

Whether it just slipped your mind to prepare ahead of time or you decided to give a gift impromptu, we’ve got you covered. This list proves last-minute gift ideas can still be thoughtful and unique, from clever subscriptions to useful gift cards and everything in between.

Most of these can be e-mailed to the recipient just in time, while some are available at stores where two- or even one-day shipping might come in clutch. As a last resort, repurpose this clever hack to ensure they will still have a gift to open.

Check out our 36 picks for last-minute gifts:

A virtual message from their favorite star

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Personalized video message, available at Cameo, from $1

Has a certain TV show become their quarantine guilty pleasure? Request a Cameo from their favorite TV star, film actor, or comedian. Cameo offers over 40,000 celebrities and entertainment personalities to choose from, with plenty of options under $150, and select talent can fulfill requests within 24 hours. Just include some details, and they’ll create a personalized video message.

An electric toothbrush with top-notch accessories

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Quip gift card, available at Quip, from $50

Give them the gift of better oral hygiene with a Quip toothbrush, which pairs with an electric toothbrush, bundle, starter kit, or accessory, so they’ll always be brushing with the most thorough and efficient brush tools.

Read our full review of Quip versus Philips Sonicare here.

A luxe jewelry rental service

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Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription Box, available at Rocksbox, $49/three months

Grant them full access to the ultimate jewelry collection, featuring top designer brands like Kendra Scott, Kate Spade, Gorjana, and more. Every month, Rocksbox will send three pieces of jewelry chosen by a personal stylist, with free shipping both ways. Get them started by choosing from three different membership packages: 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months.

Read our full Rocksbox review here.

A carefully curated sheet mask subscription

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FaceTory Handpicked Korean Sheet Masks Subscription Box, available at Amazon, $11.90/month

Jumpstart their self-care routine with one of these monthly face mask boxes. These subscription sets feature carefully curated Korean sheet masks that are suitable for all skin types. The FaceTory Team selects rising, trending, and beloved K-beauty products that can’t be found anywhere else. They also add a guide with tips, directions, and benefits for each mask. 

A diaper and wipe bundle for expecting mothers

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Honest Diaper + Wipes Bundle, available at Honest $79.95/bundle

Do you know someone with a baby on the way? Gift them a monthly supply of Honest’s premium diapers and wipes in a flexible bundle subscription. The bundle features three diaper types: everyday, training pants, and overnights, with custom sizes based on weight and age. If in between sizes, Honest recommends sizing up. Each pack includes over 100 diapers each. Plus, they can personalize the diapers with a number of cute design options. 

A yearlong magazine subscription

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Magazine subscription, available at Amazon, starting at $5/year

Nothing beats holding a physical issue of their favorite magazine. A subscription service makes sure it lands in their hand without the extra trip to the store. Choose from magazines like Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Women’s Health, and more, that cost just $5 for an entire year.

A low-maintenance plant service

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Plants for Beginners Subscription, available at The Sill, $60/month

Even the most novice green thumb can build a thriving garden with The Sill. Each month, the houseplant subscription delivers an easy-care hand-potted plant in a sleek ceramic planter. It’s the perfect opportunity to cultivate their own at-home plant nursery.

Read our full review of The Sill here.

An endless closet of designer clothing

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Rent the Runway membership, available at Rent the Runway, $69/month

Rent the Runway’s innovative model means they no longer have to waste money on clothes they’ll wear just once or twice. It’s perfect for the fashionista in your life and lets them rent something new for any occasion — whether it be WFH, date night, or staycations.

Read our full review of Rent the Runway here.

A Murray’s Monthly Clubs subscription for cheese lovers

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Cheese of the Month subscription, available at Murray’s, from $63/month

Send the best of Murray’s cheese and satiate their hankering for a good gouda or creamy brie with a Monthly Clubs subscription. Whether they’re a cheese aficionado or just looking for a yummy snack, they’ll enjoy getting fresh cheese delivered to their door along with detailed guides to the flavors and suggested beverage pairings for each. 

Choose from options like Classic Cheese of the Month for newbies all the way up to Cheesemonger’s Picks of the Month. You can pay for a month-to-month subscription, or pre-pay for a three-month option.

A 12-pack of wine from an independent winemaker for under $100

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Give a wine gift from NakedWines.com

Looking for a last-minute gift that’s perfect for just about anyone over 21? We recommend a few bottles from NakedWines.com. Every winemaker on the platform has been “funded” by “Angel” customers, meaning you feel like you have a more direct stake in the wine you gift — and they’re all affordable and high-quality. 

For a limited time, you can get an assortment of wines for even cheaper. New customers who sign up using their email get $100 off their first box of 12 wines. Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton tried the service and found it to be a great value. Read the full review here.

A Disney+ gift subscription

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Disney+ Gift Subscription Service, available at Disney, $79.99/year

It gives unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.

And if they need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A flower subscription service for freshly delivered blooms

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Flower subscription, available at The Bouqs Co., from $36 per shipment

Send beautiful bouquets on a regular basis at the rate of your choosing — weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or every two months. Choose from a variety of floral themes, from farmers’ market fresh blooms to gorgeous rose arrangements. This new twist on a classic gift is one that’ll keep on giving.

A gift that’s as uniquely sweet as they are

Sugarwish

Sugarwish treat boxes, available at Sugarwish, from $19.98 for two selections

Gifting just got a little bit sweeter. You choose the number of treats, and Sugarwish takes care of the rest. The recipient chooses which treats they want to receive once they redeem the gift, so it’s the perfect last-minute item for a picky eater.

A Headspace subscription for soothing meditations

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Meditation App Subscription, available at Headspace from $12.99/month

This past year has been full of anxiety and uncertainty, which makes a gift that includes soothing meditation options extra thoughtful. They can listen to narrated meditations with a Buddhist monk, get tips for handling stress from videos with cute graphics, or leverage wind down guided exercises to enjoy better sleep.  

A Masterclass subscription to learn from the best

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Annual Membership, available at MasterClass, from $15/month

For the uninitiated, MasterClass is an e-learning platform that provides an array of classes taught by well-known celebrities and industry leaders. Users can find everything from television writing classes taught by Shonda Rhimes to a style lesson with Tan France. 

An Amazon Prime membership to make life easier

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Amazon Prime membership, available at Amazon, from $12.99/month or $119/year

The gift of Amazon Prime is always one that’ll be met with extreme appreciation given that it is both practical and thoughtful. If the recipient already has a membership, the money will convert into a gift card that they can use on anything they want from the site. 

An e-gift card to Everlane for anyone who appreciates the basics

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Everlane e-gift card, available at Everlane from $25

Everlane is our go-to for all things considered “closet staples” — from cozy cashmere to classic button-downs, comfortable cotton tees to casual denim. We can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be able to put an Everlane e-gift card to use, especially when they can start shopping as soon as they open the e-gift card confirmation email. 

Check out every style we’ve tried from Everlane here

A Hulu gift card for the TV-obsessed

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Hulu gift card, available at Walmart, from $25

Hulu, like Netflix, is a must-have for TV fiends. Whether or not they already have a membership (which you may or may not mooch off of), this gift card can be used to sign up or pay for their next few months with the service. 

An Amazon Kindle for book lovers who travel frequently

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Target, $129.99

Kindles make the perfect last-minute gift for voracious readers. Even if the recipient swears by the feeling of a real book in their hands, once they see how much easier it is to travel with one thin tablet instead of six thick novels, they’ll be grateful you introduced them. The Paperwhite has a backlit screen with zero glare, so they can read it as easily outside as in bed with the lights out. Another plus? It’s waterproof. 

Read about our experience with the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite here

A Book of the Month subscription for bibliophiles who like to hold books in their hands

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Book of the Month Monthly Membership, available at Book of the Month, from $49.99/three months

If the Kindle just isn’t their thing, the Book of the Month Club might be a perfect alternative. The subscription service narrows a selection of new releases down to five options, and the recipient will be able to choose which hardcover book they’d like to receive each month. If they don’t like any of that month’s selections, they can also opt to skip and wait until next month’s choices come out. 

A gift card to their favorite music streaming service

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Send a gift card or subscription to SpotifyAmazon Music Unlimited, or Apple Music

Sometimes the simple, practical route is the way to go when it comes to last-minute gifting. If they’re one for spontaneous at-home dance parties or often found screaming their favorite songs in the car, a free month of their go-to music streaming service can prove to be just as thoughtful as a gift that’s purchased weeks in advance.

A box full of nostalgic treats

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Oreo, Golden Oreo, Chips Ahoy, and Nutter Butter Gift Box, available at Amazon, $12.88

If they never quite outgrew this favorite childhood snack (or if they’re just one for sentimentalism), this box full of Oreos, Golden Oreos, Chips Ahoy, and Nutter Butter cookies will have them feeling like they’re back in the good old days in no time. Prime members can receive one-day shipping on this item depending on what time of day they place their order, so if their big day is tomorrow, we’ve got you covered.

A bouquet to satisfy any sweet tooth

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Sweet Chocolate Covered Donut & Cake Pop Bouquet, available at Harry & David, $54.99

You may not be able to make them breakfast in bed, but you can still ensure they have a sweet morning with this donut and cake pop bouquet delivery. All of the mini treats are dipped in either dark or white chocolate and topped with chocolate drizzle and candy toppings. Best of all for last-minute shoppers, express shipping can be applied to this gift.

An e-gift card to Warby Parker for the daily glasses-wearer

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Warby Parker e-gift cards, available at Warby Parker, from $50

Glasses have become a means of helping people to express their individual sense of style, a trend only bolstered by stylish online glasses retailers. Warby Parker has managed to make prescription glasses affordable (a baseline pair starts at just $95, including lenses), but even if your giftee doesn’t wear prescription glasses, the company also makes non-prescription sunglasses that are equally as good-looking. Digital gift cards are delivered to your recipient’s email immediately.

A wine subscription for new bottles delivered right to their door

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Wine Delivery gift card, available at Winc, from $50

Winc is a wine delivery subscription that brings the good stuff right to your recipient’s door. Users take a quiz and share information about their taste preferences before receiving expert recommendations about bottles they may like. They can choose what to include in their box, and since each bottle is priced individually, they can control the cost of each delivery. Gift cards can be emailed to the recipient and used toward the cost of a box (or a few, if you’re feeling extra generous). 

A BarkBox subscription for anyone who’s just a little too obsessed with their dog

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Dog Treats Subscription Box, available at BarkBox, from $35/month

Whether they just got a new puppy or they’ve had one for a while now, you can’t go wrong with a BarkBox subscription for any dog parent. To give it as a gift, simply input the name of their pup and its relative size (small, medium, or large), and select a one-, three-, six-, or 12-month increment. You can send the box directly to their house or purchase a digital gift card, which can be redeemed immediately.

A coffee subscription to help them stay caffeinated

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Coffee Subscription Box, available at Atlas Coffee Club, $60/3 months

Atlas makes some of our favorite coffee out there, and it fresh roasts each batch before sending it out so you know the coffee you’ll get hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for six months. Any caffeine fiend will love receiving beans or grounds direct to their door each month, giving you extra brownie points each time.

Read about our experience with Atlas Coffee Club here.

A gift card to frame their art or photos

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Framebridge gift card, available at Framebridge, from $25

Everyone appreciates having a beautiful frame for their photos, posters, or artwork — but no one actually likes paying for it themselves. They’ll enjoy the chance to custom frame something for her home with Framebridge. Bonus points if you also print and send cute family photos for her to frame.

A fun and convenient way to freshen up their wardrobe

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Personalized Styling Service Gift Card, available at Stitch Fitch, from $20

It’s natural to settle into a dressing routine, but if you sense that they’re no longer excited by their closet, a Stitch Fix gift card is the perfect solution. Recipients can try out different brands and styles that they wouldn’t ordinarily buy, and it’s easy to return pieces with the provided prepaid shipping labels.

A travel-planning service that does all the work for them

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Airbnb Gift Card, available at Airbnb, from $25

For the person who is currently dreaming about where to go post-pandemic, this gift card will help ensure their next trip is stellar. Airbnb has thousands of listings for private home vacation rentals around the globe and across the US. They can choose from premium Luxe listings like a villa in Malibu, find a location close to a national park for outdoor exploration, or opt for a unique getaway like a tree house rental.

This is also a thoughtful option for anyone who has to travel right now since experts and the CDC note that private home rentals are currently safer than hotel stays.

A customizable suitcase

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CALPAK gift card, available at CALPAK, from $25

Ordering a piece of luggage that best suits them will take too long if you’re strapped for time, plus you might not know exactly what they like. You’re better off giving a gift card so they can choose from plenty of fun options. From confetti to marble patterns, CALPAK offers suitcase designs for every traveler. 

An Echo Dot for the smart-home enthusiast

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Amazon Echo Dot, available at Best Buy, $44.99

If you have at least one days’ worth of foresight, the new Echo Dot is a great last-minute gift that won’t require much effort. Whether you know for a fact that they have just started outfitting their home with smart capabilities, or you at least have a suspicion that they’d enjoy the convenience of having Alexa around to answer questions and play games, the Dot is a great pick. 

A Birchbox subscription for beauty and skincare lovers

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Birchbox Subscription Box, available at Birchbox, from $84/6 months

There’s a reason Birchbox is so popular — it’s a super affordable way to find and learn about new beauty, skincare, and grooming products without the risk of spending too much on full-sized options the recipient might not like. For $30-$45, you’ll be able to gift three months’ worth of boxes right to their door. For a more substantial option, you can gift six months for $84, or 12 months for $156.  

A Blue Apron subscription

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Blue Apron Subscription Gift, available at Blue Apron, choose your amount

Blue Apron’s meal kits are the perfect last-minute gift for anyone who enjoys cooking but lacks the time or foresight to do the planning and prepping involved. It costs $47.95 for two servings of two recipes each week, so they’ll save time shopping and prepping meals, which is arguably worth more than the price of the subscription.

A salami of the month club for the meat lovers

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Olympia Provisions Artisanal Salami, available at Food52, from $40

You know the type — always orders a charcuterie board, could survive on prosciutto, prefers savory over sweet. Spoil your giftee with a salami delivery, and hope they invite you over for a dinner party soon when we can all get together again. 

A hot sauce subscription for heat seekers

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Fuego Box quarterly hot sauce subscription, available at Food52, $120

They’ll get fired up for this quarterly delivery of small-batch hot sauce, which is curated by Fuego Box and filled with gourmet picks from all over the country. Each box contains three five-ounce bottles. 

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The 14 best conditioners for every hair type, according to a trichologist

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Pattern of best hair conditioners, including Aveda Conditioner and Garnier Whole Blends
  • Conditioners keep hair healthy, shiny, and strong.
  • A conditioner helps by moisturizing with oils and butters, and by strengthening with proteins.
  • We found 16 of the best conditioners, based on hair type and hair needs.

Whether your hair is wavy, coily, curly, straight, or somewhere in between, it’s all made of one thing: dead protein cells. Because hair has a tendency to dry and break, most hair types need conditioner to stay healthy. Conditioner is a crucial step in your hair care routine if you want hair that’s moisturized and strong.

“The job of a conditioner is to strengthen the hair-so there’s going to be some element of protein-and then to moisturize, to replenish moisture into the strands and soften the hair,” certified trichologist Dr. Kari Williams tells INSIDER.

When searching for the best conditioner, it’s important to consider how much moisture your hair needs. This depends on your hair type, curl pattern, and texture, which determines how prone to breakage your hair actually is.

It’s also important to think about how much strength you need and whether your hair is protein sensitive. Watch this to learn more about protein sensitivity and protein overload.

We picked the 16 best conditioners, organized by hair type:

Best conditioners for straight hair

Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner for Dry Damaged Hair

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Here is a rich mix of hydrating ingredients like argan oil, honey, and aloe juice, which each have restorative benefits to hair. Unlike any other option on this list, Garnier’s conditioner uses royal jelly, a nutrient rich ingredient produced by honeybees. If your hair feels dry, frizzy, or dull, Garnier’s Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner has the power to leave your hair smelling sweet, looking shiny, and feeling soft.

Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Conditioner

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This conditioner focuses on moisturizing and strengthening your hair with keratin, the protein hair is naturally made of. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair uses castor oil, argan oil, and jojoba oil—all known to majorly hydrate skin and hair. Customers who swear by this say they trust this conditioner to leave them with healthy, frizz-free, and silky hair.

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner

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Oribe’s luxurious, hydrating conditioner is known for making hair softer without having an overpowering fragrance. It uses common ingredients like shea butter and olive oil, as well as some unique additions like it’s Mediterranean Cypress extract and Oribe Bio-Restorative Complex—which includes biotin, plant collagen, caffeine, and niacinamide. Especially if you have color treated or heat damaged hair, this conditioner will help detangling and creating a silky smooth finish.

Best conditioners for wavy hair

Not Your Mother’s Naturals Tahitian Gardenia Flower & Mango Butter Curl Defining Conditioner

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Lightweight, creamy, and crafted with mango butter and gardenia extract,Not Your Mother’s Curl Defining Conditioners has a sweet and fruity smell. The formula is infused with the right amount of oils to help detangle waves and curls while also leaving them soft and shinier. Fans say this product also gives their hair definition.

Aveda Be Curly Conditioner

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Wavy and curly-headed folks love this product because it helps detangle, which can be a nightmare without the right product. Known as an environmentally friendly brand, Aveda’s be curly™ conditioner is a lightweight mix of botanicals like aloe and sunflower oil as well as wheat protein. The formula also includes wheat protein to strengthen hair strands.

Maui Moisture Lightweight Hydration + Hibiscus Water Conditioner

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Specifically made for easily weighed down, fine, and low porosity hair, Maui Moisture’s Lightweight Conditioner uses watery moisturizers, like aloe juice, coconut water, and hibiscus water. Plus, lots of customers said they got comments on how good their hair smelled after using this.

Best conditioners for curly hair

If you have curly hair, you’ll want to use a leave-in conditioner, too. Check out the 12 best leave-in conditioners here.

SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner

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SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Conditioner is a curly classic that beautifully defines curls and helps detangle without weighing them down. One reviewer says that while other products leave her hair gummy or waxy, this one washes out smooth and clean. With coconut oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter, the conditioner also leaves hair smelling like fresh fruit.

Pattern Beauty Medium Conditioner

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Tracee Ellis Ross launched her own natural hair brand in the fall of 2019, and it’s made great im pressions since. The Medium Conditioner is her award-winning product that mixes jojoba seed oil, castor oil, avocado oil, and honey to give curls moisture and definition. Formulated to not be too light or too heavy, it’s best for low to normal porosity curls. Pattern offers a lightweight conditioner and a heavier formula for more specific needs, too.

Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Shea Curl Defining Conditioner

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This is the only conditioner on the list that uses a mix of quinoa and tomato fruit ferment extract, which are supposed to promote curl definition. As a clean beauty brand, Briogeo coined the term 6-free, which means their products are free of common ingredients and chemicals like parabens, harsh sulfates, and silicones.

Nexxus Curl Define Conditioner for Curly & Coily Hair

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Celebrity stylist Lacy Redway called out this product as one of her favorites in our recent piece featuring curly hair routines. The Curl Define Conditioner by Nexxus is made with marula oil and a custom blend of protein specifically designed to work with curly hair shafts. Nexxus’s recent research on proteomics and curly hair is considered groundbreaking.

Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner

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If you have curly hair and had to learn how to take care of it over time, you’ve probably used Cantu products before. As the formulas continue to improve over the years, Cantu’s Shea Butter Hydrating Cream Conditioner remains a top budget option. It uses shea butter to ease detangle and moisturize, all while leaving the signature, tropical, and fruity Cantu smell.

Best conditioners for coily hair

If you have coily hair, you’ll want to use a leave-in conditioner too. Check out the 12 best leave-in conditioners here.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Rinse Out Conditioner

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When it comes to moisturizing your hair, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil conditioner doesn’t play games. This bestseller is packed with proteins and several different butters and oils, including shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil which mimics properties of sebum. Since it’s infused with peppermint, it also gives a soothing sensation.

Pattern Beauty Intensive Conditioner

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Pattern customers say this conditioner helps detangle their coils before leaving them looking luscious. This heavyweight conditioner from Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair care line is specifically formulated for tighter curl patterns and low porosity hair by using a thick mix of avocado oil, shea butter, beeswax, and safflower oil.

CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask

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Other conditioners on this list may smell fruity, but CURLS uses actual blueberry extract for its reparative conditioner. Proanthocyanidins from blueberries stimulate hair growth and help prevent breakage, which is why the brand sticks to this as its hero ingredient in most other CURLS products. But a blueberry can’t do everything your hair needs alone, so this product also includes soybean oil and soy protein.

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61 gifts under $25 that anyone will love – from a cold brew coffee maker to a silk pillowcase

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The elements of a good present – being thoughtful, useful, or novel – aren’t restricted to a big budget. But the best gifts under $25 are usually hidden in a minefield of totally expendable knickknacks.

As a team of product journalists and reviewers, we’ve put together a list of the best affordable gifts we know of, based on gifts we’ve received, gifts we’ve given, and others we’ve found along the way. They’re all things we have or would gladly buy and use in our daily lives.

Check out all 60+ gifts under $25:

A compact, waterproof blanket for outdoor activities

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Bearz Outdoor Pocket Blanket, available at Amazon, $20.99

They’ll appreciate this outdoor blanket for all of their get-togethers outside. It folds up easily and can even fit into their pocket. It’s also waterproof, puncture-resistant, and sand-proof, so they can use this gift to level up their beach days, camping adventures, hikes, and picnics in the park.

A trendy bucket hat for the summer sun

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The Hat Depot 300N Unisex Bucket Hat, available at Amazon, from $10.99

Whether you’re shopping for someone who loves bucket hats or someone who has yet to try one, this accessory is a great gift for the summer. They’ll get much needed protection from the sun, plus they’ll look stylish wherever they go.

A tie-dye kit for a fun art project

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Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit, available at Amazon, from $12.85

Tie-dye clothing continues to stick around, but they don’t have to spend a fortune on a tie-dye sweatshirt to join in on the trend. This easy kit gives them the gift of a fun passion project or a hands-on activity with friends. It comes with five colors of dye, gloves, and rubber bands.

A trio of face mists for freshening up their skin

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Mario Badescu Spritz. Mist. Glow. Set, available at Ulta, $21

Gifting beauty products like moisturizers and foundations can be challenging because everyone has specific skin types and shades. However, face mists are your best bet if they’re obsessed with skincare and need something refreshing for the summer. We can’t get enough of Mario Badescu, and its mists are no exception. You can learn more about Mario Badescu sprays in our guide to the best face mists.

A personalized video message from their favorite celebrity

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Personalized video message, starting at $1, available at Cameo

When trying to think of a unique gift, one that might not immediately come to mind is Cameo. The online service has tons of famous actors, musicians, athletes, and creators they might want a personalized video message from. Whether it’s for their birthday or the holidays, there’s something for everyone on Cameo, with prices starting at $1. You can get the likes of “Ugly Betty” actor Chris Gorham or internet dog sensation Puggy Smalls, each for $25 or less. 

Read more about Cameo and how to use Cameo.

A towel with a design of your city

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Claudia Pearson City Tea Towels, available at West Elm, $18

Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson has illustrated everything from children’s books to New Yorker pages to tea towels. Her quirky hand-drawn city maps add a sentimental touch to any kitchen.

A letterboard for lists, quotes, and milestone events

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12″x 12″ Room Essentials Letterboard, available at Target, $15

This square letter board brings a personalized touch to birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or dinner parties. The light grain finish offers a sleek, modern look that’ll match different living spaces.

A pure silk pillowcase that’ll help tame bedhead

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ZIMASILK 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, available at Amazon, from $23.99

Crafted from organic mulberry silk, this pillowcase is gentle and cool on hair and skin. Plus, you can choose from 36 colors to match your bedding. 

A water bottle that encourages hydration

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Ban.do Work It Out Water Bottle, available at Ban.do, $20

You’ll never forget to stay hydrated with this 24-ounce marked water bottle. It has an easy-to-carry plastic lid and removable silicone mouthpiece that makes it just as easy to clean as it is to drink from.  

The bedside storage essential

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Bedside Essentials Pocket, available at Uncommon Goods, $15-$20

Whether it’s your remote controls, books, or reading glasses, your bedside or couch essentials will fit perfectly in this convenient felt pouch. It slides between your mattress or under your couch cushion without looking like an eyesore.

The self-confessional book you can burn after writing

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Burn After Writing Book, available at Amazon, $6.99

This bestseller went viral across TikTok because of its unique approach to self-reflection. With inquisitive prompts, the notebook works as a giant confessional you can quite literally burn after writing. 

A reflective card game that encourages connection

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We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game, available at Target, $25

This card game is unlike any you’ve played before. Its three carefully crafted levels of questions spark connections and stimulate reflective conversations. You’ll leave the game making friends out of strangers or diving deeper into your friendships. 

An assorted cookie tin

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6-Count Cookie Tin, available Milk Bar, $22

Satisfy their sweet tooth with this assortment of cookies. You can’t go wrong with Milk Bar’s best, from its fudgy Chocolate Confetti Cookie to its fruity Blueberry & Cream Cookie.

We break down how to shop for Milk Bar online, here.

An ambient moon lamp

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Saturn Moon Lamp, available at Amazon, $23.99

This Saturn-shaped moon lamp gives off a soothing ambient glow to brighten up their room. Whether they use it as a subtle night light or as a room accessory, they’ll have fun matching the lamp to their mood with its 16 color options.

Hip wine glasses that elevate a nice dinner

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Hip Wine Glasses, available at Crate & Barrel, $6.95

There’s nothing that screams elegance more than a nice set of wine glasses. At only $7 each, Crate & Barrel’s stemware styles are the perfect guest to accompany your next charcuterie board. 

A milk frother that brings the taste of a cafe closer to home

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PowerLix Milk Frother, available at Amazon, $14.95

A milk frother is an unexpectedly convenient tool to have around the house, and it can make a frothy latte or cappuccino that tastes closer to what you’d find at the cafe.

We’re huge fans of this one in particular and even ranked it best overall in our guide to the best milk frothers.

Reusable straws that fold up on the go

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Food52 Reusable Straw Set, available at Food52, $25

Food52’s reusable straw sets come in a pretty color palette, and each pack includes carrying cases and cleaning squeegees. They can toss one set in their bag, leave one at work, and keep one in the car.

A cult-favorite clay mask that basically vacuums out pores

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask, available at Target, $7.99

The Aztec Clay Mask has been called “the world’s most powerful facial” and it’s also under $10. It can be mixed with water, but it works best with a little bit of apple cider vinegar.

Read our full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask here.

Their new favorite pair of socks

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Women’s Tri-Block Ankle Socks, available at Bombas, $12

Men’s Tri-Block Ankle Socks, available at Bombas, $12

Bombas is one gift we find ourselves giving friends and family every year. They’re the best socks we’ve ever tried, and they’re a little more expensive than someone is likely to spend on socks for themselves, making them a great gift.

Read our full review of Bombas socks here.

A Disney+ subscription

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Subscribe for $7.99/month or $79.99/year

It gives you unlimited access to movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox, and costs just $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year after a free seven-day trial. Read everything there is to know about Disney+ over here.

And if you need some binge-spiration, here are all the new movies available to stream.

A large photo print of a meaningful memory

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Large Format Prints, available at Artifact Uprising, from $22

Artifact Uprising makes luxury prints at accessible prices — and they make especially thoughtful gifts that look like they should cost much more. Get one of their favorite photos printed on archival fine art paper for $22 and up, or thoughtful cards for as little as $1 per custom card. You can also make a color series photo book for $22, a set of prints for $9, and a personalized calendar on a handcrafted wood clipboard for $25.

A roulette of spontaneous date night ideas

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Date Night Bucket List, available at Uncommon Goods, $20

Never run out of fun and new date night ideas — and take some of the pressure off deciding on an activity.

A cold brew coffee tool that makes a quart of liquid

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Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker, available at Amazon, $21.65

This cold brew maker is as inexpensive as it is convenient, and it can save hundreds of dollars per year on iced coffee. It easily fits into most refrigerator doors, is simple to use, and makes a good amount of cold brew at once. If they need more than one quart, there’s also a two-quart option. We even named it best budget option in our guide to the best cold-brew coffee makers

Read our full review of the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker here

A trio of bestselling lipstick shades

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Pat McGrath Labs Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio, available at Sephora, $25

This paraben-free, ultra-pigmented trio features tiny but mighty editions of Pat McGrath Labs’ MatteTrance lipsticks.

A hair towel that cuts down on drying time by as much as 50%

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Aquis Original Microfiber Hair Turban, available at Amazon, $20.99

Aquis’ cult-favorite hair towels have inspired a slew of rave reviews online, including one from our own team of product reviewers.

The towels are made from a proprietary fabric called Aquitex that’s composed of ultra-fine fibers (finer than silk) that work to reduce the amount of friction that hair experiences while in its weakest state. Plus, it speeds up drying time by as much as 50%.

Textured dip bowls for condiments

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Textured Dip Bowl, available at West Elm, from $4.88

Ideal for snacks, condiments, and the basics they love to cook with frequently. 

An approachable cookbook that’s great for hosting

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“Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook” by Carla Lalli Music, available at Amazon, $15.81

This is the cookbook to beeline it to if your recipient loves to host friends for dinner. You can find more great options here, too.

A holiday shave set from a popular startup

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Shave Set, available at Flamingo, $16

Flamingo is the women’s brand of Harry’s, and it’s got the same M.O.: to make better hair removal products for a reasonable amount of money, and to present them in a way that makes them feel special. Its Shave Set comes in a recyclable pouch with a razor and two blade cartridges, daily moisturizer, luxe foaming shave gel, and a shower hook.

Read our full review of the Flamingo Shave Set here.

Smart outlet plugs that let you turn devices on or off from anywhere

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Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini, available at Best Buy, $8.99

A small but convenient gift, smart wifi plugs let the owner turn their electronics on or off from anywhere with their smartphone thanks to the Kasa app. If they have a smart home gadget, they can use the voice assistant to turn things on and off as well. In the Kasa app, they can also set schedules and “scenes” for controlling many devices with one button. 

A custom family portrait – including pets

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Custom Family Portrait, available at Etsy, from $15

For an especially thoughtful, impactful gift, order ahead of time and get a custom portrait of your little family — pets included.

A mini griddle that makes individual servings of breakfast foods

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Dash Mini Maker: The Mini Waffle Maker Machine, available at Bed Bath & Beyond, $11.99

This tiny waffle maker is perfect for single-serving breakfasts, or for meal prep (just freeze your waffles ahead of time). It’s compact for confined spaces, heats up in a few minutes, and has a non-stick surface that’s easy to clean.

A lifetime REI membership

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REI Membership, available at REI, $20

Perfect for the outdoorsy types, an REI membership offers a lifetime of benefits for a one-time purchase. That includes 10%-back dividends, special offers, access to in-store REI Garage sales, and special pricing on REI classes and events. Find out more here.

A set of three silk hair scrunchies

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Slipsilk Mini Scrunchies, available at Sephora, $22

Silk is often used in products like headbands and pillowcases to reduce friction and breakage of hair, and these hair ties serve the same purpose. Designed to keep hair from catching, crimping, and pulling, these hair scrunchies are gentle on strands and around the wrist.

Containers of Belgian chocolate for fondue

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Decadent Chocolate Fondue, available at Uncommon Goods, $24

Order a stoneware container of Belgian chocolate that you can heat up for a night of hassle-free fondue. 

A water bottle with a built-in filter system

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Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle, available at Amazon, $18.18

The Brita water bottle has a built-in filter that can improve the taste of water by reducing its chlorine content and smell. It can replace an estimated 1,800 single-use plastic bottles each year.

A reusable shopping bag that comes in tons of fun colors

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Baggu Standard Reusable Shopping Bag, available at Amazon, $12

Baggu bags are popular for a reason — they come in over 40 fun prints and fold down to pretty much nothing even though they can hold 50 pounds of stuff. 

A spray that protects your shoes from stains

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Jason Markk Repel Spray, available at Amazon, $16.49

This Jason Markk spray repels water and oil to keep your shoes free of stains and water spots. It’s water-based, so it’s okay to use on a variety of materials — from suede to nubuck leather to canvas and others. It sprays a fine mist that covers large areas both quickly and evenly. 

Soft, cozy underwear that comes in fun patterns

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MeUndies Boxers, available at MeUndies, $24

MeUndies makes some of the most comfortable underwear and loungewear for men and women that we’ve found at Insider Reviews. And, beyond that, we love their festive patterns. Because they’re pricier than most people are willing to pay for their own underwear, these make a great and surprisingly luxurious gift. We share our love for MeUndies underwear in our guide to the best places to shop for men’s underwear

Read our full review of MeUndies here.

Coasters made from reclaimed vinyl records

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Upcycled Record Coasters, available at Uncommon Goods, $18

These upcycled coasters are made from reclaimed vinyl records and sealed against moisture. Each set includes a variety of music genres. 

Fast-absorbing, moisturizing hand sanitizer

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Touchland Hand Sanitizer, available at Touchland, $9

Touchland makes hand sanitizers that aren’t sticky or drying. We like them because they’re fast-evaporating, moisturizing, and effective. 

Read our full review of Touchland Hand Sanitizer here.

A protective phone case

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Incase Phone Cases, available at Incase, from $24.95

Incase probably already makes your laptop case, and their phone cases are great for many of the same reasons. They’re lightweight, add another layer of protection, and allow for some fun personalization. 

A membership to unlimited reading

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Scribd Membership, available at Scribd, $9.99/month

Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, and magazines for less than $10 a month with Scribd. (Or $13 per month for access to Scribd and the New York Times). If they aren’t a bibliophile already, Scribd will make them one. 

Read our full review of the Scribd membership here.  

Herbs de Provence in a cool ceramic crock

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Herbes de Provence in Ceramic Crock, available at Williams Sonoma, from $14.95

Switch it up for the cook in your life with this tasty herb mix. The classic blend of thyme, basil, savory, fennel and lavender hails from the South of France, and Williams Sonoma recommends using it to accent poultry, meat, sauces, and soups. 

Chip-resistant, vegan nail polish that comes in over 50 colors

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Smith and Cult Nail Polish, available at Smith and Cult, $18

Smith & Cult’s rich, chip-resistant nail polish comes in 52 colors and is the kind of beautiful bottle you leave out on the vanity because it’s just that nice to look at. The formulas are vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t have potentially harmful ingredients like formaldehyde or camphor, among others. It’s easy to see why we included Smith & Cult in our guide to the best nail polish brands.

Charitable lottery tickets that donate money to a deserving organization

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Scratch-off Donation Card, available at LottoLove, $23

When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won’t win any money. Instead, you “win” a charitable prize that’s donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries.

Lip gloss that’s moisturizing and not sticky

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Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss, available at Sephora, $14

Tower 28 makes soft lip glosses with subtle color and a non-sticky, moisturizing formula with ingredients like raspberry seed oil and rosehip oil. You can pick from 10 different colors. 

Read our full review of Tower 28 here.

Reusable beeswax sandwich wraps

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Beeswax Reusable Sandwich Wrap, available at Food52, from $18

Beeswax Sandwich Wrap is made from cotton infused with beeswax and natural oils. It acts as an eco-friendly substitute to plastic sandwich bags, and it can be reused over and over and over again.

Gourmet flavored syrups that are perfect for coffees and teas, and even cocktails

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Monin Mini Coffee Syrup, available at World Market, $9.99

Did anyone — anyone at all — say cocktails? Monin’s coffee collection has everything needed for café-inspired drinks, be they cocktails, lattes, coffees, or teas. It includes five syrups ranging in flavors from amaretto to Irish cream. Plus, Monin has a recycling initiative that works to improve the health of bee populations. 

A smart chip that helps you find items you’ve lost

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Tile Mate, available at Target, $24.99

How nice would it be if every time you lost something, you could find it within a few minutes? Use your smartphone to make the Tile Mate ring aloud, and you’ll be able to locate your keys or wallet using the sound. 

A travel-size duo of two cult-favorite NARS products

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NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil Duo, available at Sephora, $20

NARS’ velvet matte lipstick pencils are travel-sized so your giftee can bring them on trips or easily throw them into purses and pockets for on-the-go use. The formula is non-drying and long-lasting, and they can be used to line, define, and fill in lips with colors that range from subtle to rich. 

A popular lip mask that creates a protective seal to lock in moisture overnight

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, $22

Laneige’s hyper-successful Lip Sleeping Mask uses a combination of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, minerals, antioxidants, and fruit extracts to form a protective layer over the lips to lock in moisture overnight. It has over 13,000 ratings on Sephora, and an average rating of 4.4-stars out of five. 

Read our full review of the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask here.

A slip-resistant armband to keep their phone in place on a run

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Tribe Cell Phone Armband, available at Amazon, from $14.98

If you’re going to buy an armband for a runner, you’re probably going to wind up buying this version from Tribe. It has over 40,000 reviews on Amazon (with a 4.4-star rating overall) and, while it’s not the most perfect out there, it’s frequently recommended for its water-resistant and no-slip design. 

Knee-high socks from one of the best loungewear companies online

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Tommy John Knee High Casual Sock, available at Tommy John, from $16

Tommy John is another company responsible for some of the very best loungewear and underwear on the internet. Their knee-length socks have light compression to support blood flow, and the “comfort cuff” design means you should be able to peel them off without finding marks left over. 

Read our full review of Tommy John here.

An adjustable phone stand for their desk, dinner table, or kitchen counter

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Lamicall Adjustable Cell Phone Stand, available at Amazon, from $11.99

Whether they use it as a desk accessory or to prop up their YouTube search for “how to chop onions” while they cook at home, a lightweight, adjustable phone stand comes in handy more often than you’d expect. 

One of the best new books of the year

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“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah, available at Amazon, from $14.49

If you’re looking for a good book to gift, look no further than the reading lists already on Amazon — from the best books of the month, to the best books of the year, to the 100 you should read in a lifetime

A photo book with some of their best memories

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Custom Softcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising from $15

For a sentimental gift under $25, we recommend these beautifully designed photo books that look like a personal magazine, curated by you for them.

Bath salts that are the perfect excuse for relaxation

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Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts, available at Dermstore, $18

Herbivore Botanical’s bath salts include nutrient-rich Pacific sea salts combined with ylang-ylang and vanilla essential oil. They’ll moisturize the skin and provide a deeply relaxing, calming effect on the brain to decrease anxiety and restlessness.  

The best hair mask you can buy

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It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask, available at It’s a 10, from $12.49

Perfect for color-treated, heat-styled, and otherwise damaged hair, It’s a 10’s hair mask deep-conditions strands with a blend of moisturizing ingredients like oat kernel extract, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, and linseed extract. We tout it as the best overall pick in our guide to the best hair masks.

A cute, bunny-shaped loose-tea infuser

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Fred & Friends Brew Bunny Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $9.97

Gift them some relaxing time spent sipping their favorite tea (which you could pick up as an accompanying gift). 

The makeup remover tourists stock up on in French pharmacies

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Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Remover, available at Amazon, $14.99

Bioderma’s makeup remover is a cult favorite among makeup artists, celebrities, the average person, and the Insider Reviews team. We call it the best overall in our guide to the best makeup removers, and we also mention it in our roundup of French pharmacy skincare products.

Tickets to an event you know they’ll appreciate

StubHub gift card

Live concert and game tickets, available at Stubhub, from $15 per person

Once it’s safe to attend live events again, is there a good concert, play, or game you think they’d love? It doesn’t have to be expensive to be impactful. Grab tickets and make a night of it — or, if you live far away, make sure they get to go with a friend or two.

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